Due to open in September 2017.
Popolo owner Flavio Carnevale is relocating his Southern Italian restaurant to the city. The space will be replaced by a neighbourhood trattoria called Marta, also by Carnevale.
The new open-style kitchen will produce Roman dishes such baked anchovies with curly endive; and bucantini mussels with tomato and pecorino – simple and punchy flavours. But the dish Carnevale is most proud of is the cacio e peppe, a simple combination of spaghetti, pecorino and pepper. It’s a dish from the hills of Rome using pecorino cheese, pepper and dry pasta.
The redesign will be taken care of by Melbourne’s DesignOffice (Higher Ground) and will feature a brighter palate, new lighting and a refreshed outdoor courtyard.
Pizzas will be traditional Roman, old-styled, oval-shaped pizzas made with organic flours.
The bar is an attempt to embody the energy and theatre of Rome’s famous drinking spots. There will be a focus on spritzes and amphora wines poured from Carnevale’s custom, handmade terracotta bottles.