Hot on the heels of the fashionable Neild Avenue, southern Italian restaurant Popolo has opened its doors just around the corner on McLachlan Avenue in Rushcutters Bay.

Run by Flavio Carnevale and Fabio Dore, formerly of Fratelli Paradiso, the new venue (which translates to ‘people’ in Italian) takes inspiration from the simple food of their hometowns, which they passionately want to introduce to the Sydney dining public. The seasonal lunch and dinner menu features simple and traditional pasta, pizza, meat and seafood dishes, given a modern twist by head chef Orazio D’Elia.

The curated wine list offers an extensive selection of drops from across the region, including wines from Dore’s uncle’s Alba and Spanedda vineyard in Sardinia. Even the sparkling water has been sourced from a natural spring just 20km from Carnevale’s hometown.

Popolo’s interior is sleek and stylish, yet still comfortable and welcoming, with a large bar in the middle of the room circled by high stools, tables scattered inside and out in the sun-filled courtyard, and soft banquette seating lining the back wall.

This is a restaurant for all occasions, as Carnevale explains: “You can have a very long lunch or come in and have a pizza and beer for $20. It’s like a home for everyone.” This welcoming venue is hopefully one of many more to come in what is looking to be the foodie revival of Rushcutters Bay.

50 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, NSW
(02) 9361 6641

Dinner: Daily from 5pm
Lunch: Fri to Sun from noon