Popolo translates to "people" in Italian, and hints at the rustic leanings of its menu. Owner Flavio Carnevale takes inspiration from the simple food of his hometown, which he passionately wants to introduce to the Sydney dining public.
The seasonal lunch and dinner menus features traditional pasta, pizza, meat and seafood dishes. Head chef Naomi Lowry, former head chef at Biota Dining and sous chef at Pilu at Freshwater is producing a broader range of dishes.
The wine list offers an extensive selection of drops from across the region, including wines from Dore’s uncle’s Alba and Spanedda vineyard in Sardinia. Even the sparkling water has been sourced from a natural spring just 20 kilometres from Carnevale’s hometown.
Popolo’s interior is sleek and stylish, yet still comfortable and welcoming. There's a large bar in the middle of the room circled by high stools; tables scattered inside and out in the sun-filled courtyard; and soft banquette seating lining the back wall.
Popolo will serve its last customers on August 13, 2017 before relocating to the CBD and being replaced by Marta.