Woolloomooloo locals have been wolfing down pasta and Neapolitan-style pizzas off the red-and-white-checked tablecloths of Puntino Trattoria for more than 16 years.
Ape is Puntino’s new pasta bar-takeout offshoot. It’s cosy inside the modest yellow shopfront: a Triple X stainless-steel bench, pendant lights and terracotta pot plants fill the 12-seat space.
Ape’s chef, Piero Guarini, is from Puglia, but has worked the kitchens of Merivale and Aria. For a recent special she dressed gnocchi with broccolini, pecans and gorgonzola. Rigatoni with slow-cooked beef cheeks is also a hit. The accompaniments and sauces are simple, with a focus on produce.
The dessert list plays like an Italian greatest-hits record: tiramisu, orange panna cotta with vino cotto, and cannoli all feature. A rotating counter of pastry specials includes tarts and profiteroles. There’s plenty of pasta-to-go options, too. The restaurant serves a selection of beers and biodynamic wines.