Mauro Marcucci has a long history in bringing good food to the people. Caffé e Cucina in Melbourne and Mille Vini in Surry Hills come to mind, as well as Enopizzeria, the go-to spot for good wine and great pizza in Neutral Bay.
He’s back in Surry Hills with his latest foodie offering – Baccomatto Osteria, attached to the Cambridge Hotel. The aim is to make sure that hotel patrons and passersby, can get it whenever the mood strikes. “It’s a rustic Italian osteria,” says Marcucci. “You don’t have to spend a huge budget to eat well. There’s prosciutto and salami and cheeses, but in a modern environment. It’s a modern osteria.”
Gabrielle Webster (Bloodwood, Newtown), who is behind the wine list, is set to open an adjoining wine bar in March next year, expanding the whole experience. But in the meantime, Marcucci has decided to create a hybrid experience: something that works like a cafe and wine bar. Plus, even if it’s a modern Italian osteria, it has to work all day long like the ones of the old days.
And the pick of the menu? Marcucci recommends everything but he concedes that the homemade pasta is hard to beat.