“New to the Pier One concourse beside Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Il Pontile is already proving a neighbourhood favourite, especially for lazy lunches. But summer evenings are a joy here, too, for prettily plated dishes such as battered zucchini flowers filled with burrata and semidried tomatoes or a richly sauced rigatoni alla Genovese. Restaurateur and chef Mario Percuoco (son of restaurateur Armando Percuoco of Buon Ricordo fame) hails from Naples, the menu is unashamedly Italian, and the overall feel of the semi-open, two-level space is calming. Expect parchment-pale colours, stone floors and a lack of themed artifice; the glassed-in “cellar” at ground level contains wine chosen to match regional dishes and the name Il Pontile translates to “the pier”. Perfetto.