De Vine Food & Wine
De Vine is an old-school, European-influenced wine bar and restaurant that’s been around since 2003, long before the city’s licensing laws changed and small bars began springing up everywhere. It’s stood the test of time because – good food and ambiance aside – De Vine knows its product. If it’s wine you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s a great selection by the glass, spanning biodynamic, organic and lesser-known varietals. The extensive by-the-bottle list is big on European winemakers, but you’ll also find aged drops from Australian cult producers such as Rockford, Giaconda, Moss Wood and Henschke at appropriate pricepoints.
Taking pride of place alongside the wine list is a formidable collection of amaro, curated by owners (and brothers) Anthony and Julian Izzillo. More than 150 varieties are on offer – many of them rare and exclusive to De Vine – and can be sampled in a tasting experience led by the knowledgeable bar staff.
Tucked round the corner behind the bar is the restaurant proper. It’s a cosy space, with bench seats running down either wall to the windows, tables and chairs against them, with a few more clustered together in the middle of the room. It has a cool dark look in the day, and a warm candle-lit look at night.
If you're chasing an after-work snack with your vino, you might order some polpette (beef meatballs) with puttanesca and some focaccia to mop up with. For something more substantial, it's fresh pastas rolled in house (think perennial favourites like squid ink taglioni with blue swimmer crab, and pappardelle folded through a Wagyu beef ragu) and a tight list of secondi like veal cotolleta, market fish of the day and a 900-gram rib eye big enough for two people.
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