Mauro Marcucci has a long history in bringing good food to the people. Caffé e Cucina in Melbourne and Mille Vini in Surry Hills come to mind, as well as Enopizzeria, the go-to spot for good wine and great pizza in Neutral Bay.

He’s back in Surry Hills from this week with his latest foodie offering – Baccomatto Osteria, attached to the Cambridge Hotel. The space opened last Thursday, with Gabrielle Webster (Bloodwood, Newtown) behind the wine list. The aim is to make sure that hotel patrons and passersby, can get it whenever the mood strikes.

“It’s a rustic Italian osteria,” says Marcucci. “You don’t have to spend a huge budget to eat well. There’s prosciutto and salami and cheeses, but in a modern environment. It’s a modern osteria.”

Webster is set to open an adjoining wine bar in March next year, expanding the whole experience. But in the meantime, Marcucci has decided to create a hybrid experience. “We thought, why don’t we do something that works like a cafe and wine bar… It has to work all day long, like the osteria of the old days,” says Marcucci, pointing out that he likes the feel of Surry Hills and has been keen to get back to the suburb.

And the pick of the menu? “I would recommend everything!” he says, but when pressed he concedes that the homemade pasta is hard to beat.

Baccomatto Osteria
212 Riley Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9215 5104

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