It’s been less than a year since Dan Pepperell, Mikey Clift and Andy Tyson opened their Potts Point neo-bistro Bistrot 916. But the trio have just announced they’ll be opening their second venue early next year – and this time they’re heading to the land of pasta and Prada: Italy.
Pellegrino 2000 will take over the Surry Hills corner terrace formerly occupied by Hamish Ingham’s lauded Bar H.
“We’re opening a neighbourhood restaurant, inspired by some of our favourite trattorias in Rome and Florence,” said Clift (ex-Rockpool Dining Group chef) in a statement.
Italian staples such as handmade tortellini, pappardelle bolognaise and fritto misto will occupy the menu – as will tripe, “in all shapes and sizes”, according to Pepperell (ex-Restaurant Hubert, Alberto’s Lounge, 10 William St head chef). The chef knows his way around stomach: his butter chicken-inspired trippa alla Romana at Alberto’s Lounge was a big hit among Sydney diners.
Tyson – who looked after the wine at Swillhouse group venues including Hubert and Alberto’s Lounge – says the list at Pellegrino 2000 will “be a grand selection of the Italian classics”. That means old bottles of barolo and chianti, and a selection some of “the greats”, such as Soldera and Valentini.
“Cocktails will follow suit: a Harry’s Bar-style Bellini, Caffe Shakerato [shaken iced coffee], Negroni and lovely little selection of amari,” said Tyson in a statement.
The ground floor of the 1905 space will be the main dining room, lined with shelves of anchovies and tomatoes, and there’ll be a window espresso counter with stools on the street. Down in the basement, a moody candle-lit wine cellar will also contain a few tables; guests will be able to look through the archway to catch a glimpse of the diner’s wine cellar.
Pellegrino 2000 is slated to open at 80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, in January 2022.