Johnny Fontane

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Johnny Fontane references the places characters in The Godfather movies might go.

The chef is from Chicago, so deep-dish Chicago-style pizza is on the menu. Choices include beef mince and kalamata olives; mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant; and pesto-marinated chicken with salami. All are extra cheesy.

There’s also pork-belly arancini, meatballs, an antipasti plate, a pasta (a house-made tagliatelle with artichoke hearts, fried capers and pesto), and cannoli or gelato for dessert.

The cocktail-focused drinks list mixes Italian and American classics. There are four versions of the Negroni and a few innovations, such as the Flamingo with Amaretto, white-chocolate liqueur, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree and crème fraîche. There’s also an interesting beer selection with brews from Jamaica, Italy, the US and Surry Hills.

The space is split into two suitably dim indoor areas. The first, a bar with records on the wall, plays ’50s and ’60s jazz and opens onto the street. The second, upstairs, is a casual dining room. There’s also a Sicilian-inspired courtyard and a pre-revolution-Cuba-themed rooftop lounge. The latter is where the bar serves its most intriguing menu item: a trio of cigars.

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Updated: March 1st, 2018

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