12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
11 Barack Street Sydney 2000

Seta Sydney is an upmarket Italian restaurant and bar by veteran Sydney restaurateur Tonci Farac. It's in the spot that once housed The Athenian restaurant, which operated at the site of Australia’s first savings bank – built in 1849 – on Barrack Street in the CBD.

Farac has worked closely with designer Michael McCann (Mr Wong, Felix, Victor Churchill) to completely overhaul the interior of the grand 600-square-metre venue, bringing together Venetian-style dark-timber panelling, hand-cut mosaic floors, Italian-imported marble surfaces and tapered lampshade chandeliers.

To take advantage of the sizeable space, the 170-person venue is divided into eight areas. Aside from the theatre kitchen and main dining room, you can pull up front-row seats at the chef’s table, Italian crudo bar or swanky cocktail bar.

There’s also a dedicated cicchetti (snack) bar, displaying a variety of sweet and savoury Venetian-style snacks, such as sardines with marinated vegetables; raw, marinated cuttlefish tagliatelle; quail and polenta skewers; and eel with white onion and watercress. It’s also the spot to pick up coffee, house-made pastries and beautifully packaged boxes of chocolates and panettone to take home.

The main dining room serves an à la carte menu designed by Milan-based executive chef Matteo Vigotti, whose restaurant Novecento in Meina, Italy, was awarded a Michelin star in 2009, and who has also worked as executive chef at historic Milan deli and restaurant Peck. Head chef Giovanni Astolfoni runs the kitchen.

Some standouts include fresh soqquadro (square-shaped) pasta with vongole and sea urchins; Parmigiano Reggiano wafer bruschetta topped with pumpkin, pancetta and giardiniera (pickled vegetables); and a contemporary reinterpretation of tiramisu, which blends three styles of roasted coffee beans.

There's also a chef's table with its own regularly-changing menu, as well as a degustation (with a dedicated deg for vegetarians).

Head sommelier Filippo L’Episcopo (Merivale, Lotus Dining) has pulled together a 500-strong, Italian-leaning wine list. Many of the bottles are displayed in the purpose-built wine library. Reds are neatly stacked on the shelves, while the whites and bubbles are stored in three-metre-tall, copper-framed wine fridges. Or you can visit the luxe bar, which is serving takes on classic Italian cocktails such as Negronis and Aperol Spritzes, as well as 50 types of amaro.

Updated: April 20th, 2022

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