Does the announcement of a new late-night Italian eatery from the team behind eastern suburbs restaurant Bar M signal the return of the long lunch?

Opening in October in the CBD’s Martin Place, Toppi Martin Place is by chef and owner Paola Toppi, whose mother, Giovanna Toppi, founded legendary city restaurant Machiavelli Ristorante in 1988. It was the preferred dining spot of Sydney politicians and business titans, who would sit beneath portraits of their own faces as they ate.

“It feels like I’m going back to my roots, during what is an exciting and hopeful time for Sydney’s CBD,” says Toppi in a statement. “Operators are investing in the area again and we have the opportunity to bring back life and energy to our city.

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“We’re really proud to return to the CBD, celebrating our family’s history in the area with a fresh and modern concept for the Sydney of today”.

The commanding Neapolitan restaurant was sold to new owners in 2016, and in 2016 Toppi opened Bar M in Rushcutters Bay. She’ll keep that humming along while also running the new expansive venue, which is a whopping 30 metres long and will have a range of dining experiences and regularly changing menus.

At the pasta bar, handmade pasta will be prepared in front of guests. Just like Bar M, cocktails will be a focus, and at a separate cocktail bar guests can order quick bites inspired by cichette (small dishes and sides served in Venice’s traditional wine bars). Expect antipasti such as carpaccio, scampi and zucchini flowers. The cocktail list is all about Italian classics including barrel-aged Negronis made with grappa, seasonal-fruit Bellinis and a tiramisu Martini.

A more formal experience will be offered in the dining room, with dishes featuring seafood, meat and pasta. Bar manager Matteo Belkeziz has put together a wine list of local and international wines with a heavy bent towards Italian drops. Bottles of vino will be displayed on a wine wall at the entrance of the venue.

The space has been designed by Steel and Stich, which has also been responsible for the interiors of other Sydney venues including Lobo Plantation, El Topo and Chula. Dark and atmospheric, the room will feature sandstone, steel and beige accents.

Toppi Martin Place is slated to open in October.