The space that was Enopizzeria on the corner of Grosvenor Street and Young Lane in Neutral Bay has reopened this week as Italian Street Kitchen.
“We want to provide the same standard of food as you would get in the best restaurants but at street value, so around the $20 mark,” says restaurateur Mauro Marcucci (of Baccomatto Osteria), who together with the Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group (Ribs & Burgers, The Meat & Wine Co) is behind the new look and direction of the space.
The venue has been completely redone by Otto Design Interiors, with a new open-plan layout putting the kitchen on display, along with an area to showcase the produce underpinning the menu. “You’ll see everything,” says Marcucci, who’s particularly excited by the spit. “It reminds me of places in Aricia on the outskirts of Rome.”
“Pizza will be same standard as it was at Eno, but it will be cheaper. There will be wine and beer on tap and none of it will break the bank,” says Marcucci. The menu includes antipasto of arancini, baked cheese, salumi and meatballs; spit-roast lamb and chicken cooked over open flames; and wood-fired roast pork.
There will also be freshly made pasta and wood-fired pizza, with interactive stations designed to echo the cobbled streets of Rome. There will even be Italian breakfasts Friday through Sunday, offering pastries filled with vanilla custard or Nutella, or spiced baked eggs with sides including pork and fennel sausage.
“We really want to provide authenticity,” says Marcucci, nodding to the warm porchetta rolls as a simple Italian tradition. “You won’t find any tomato ketchup here.”