Italian trattoria Buzo is returning to its once-home on Jersey Road in Woollahra. A solid favourite for the eastern-suburbs set and the Sydney dining scene for more than a decade, Buzo was admired for its refined and reliable feel-good Italian. The two-storey space morphed into Pinbone in late 2013, while Buzo’s co-owners investigated a move to the CBD and focused on their other Woollahra venues Vincent and Wine Library. When the Pinbone team decided to reassess and relocate earlier this year, Buzo co-founder Traci Trinder decided to bring the restaurant back to life on the site of its original home.
While the original trio (of Tinder, Todd Garratt and James Hird) disbanded this year to pursue separate projects, Trinder has partnered with Mark Campbell and Phillip Fikkers of MacLeay St Bistro, and chef Tom Williams (previously of Tetsuya’s, Bambini Trust), to bring about Buzo, mark two.
While the menu and fit-out have been updated (and a new bar space has been added downstairs), modifications to the original are subtle. Trinder has ensured that many of the original Buzo staples are still on board. “The menu still features quite a few of the favourites Buzo is known for – gnocco fritto, our savoy cabbage salad, the almighty vincisgrassi and torta di verona for desert.” The wine list sweeps across every region of Italy, is almost all certified organic and biodynamic and includes some brilliant-tasting volcanic-ash varietals from Sicily.
In the trend-heavy dining scene, Buzo may just be a neat example of the adage: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Or, at the least, when you’re onto a good thing, stick to it.
3 Jersey Road, Woollahra
(02) 9328 1600
Mon to Fri 6pm–12am
Sat and Sun 12pm–midnight