“Run away to every imaginable region in Italy this summer on Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf with new restaurant Il Pontile. There is nothing like an outdoor table to watch the world float by as you order ‘cucina’ from Abruzzo or Emilia-Romagna, to Sicily or Liguria. The entr es are perfect for sharing, with house-cured ocean trout to fresh oysters served with citrus dressing. You can also enjoy the steamed mussels with lemon and chilli oil and the burrata served with peaches and hazelnuts – all generous serves and a perfect starting point for this slice of Italy on the wharf. The wine list is varied and features a good range of both Australian and Italian wines. Try the seafood linguine baked in a parchment bag opened at your table; torn handmade bread mops up the delicious sauce. There are giant shelled prawns and lots of pastas to choose from, all reminiscent of wonderful food memories and some of the very best dining experiences while visiting Italy. The dessert menu also includes delights such as crispy filo pastry filled with vanilla bean Chantilly cream and fruit salad. The interior space is pared back and relaxed, with extremely knowledgeable staff, and it is perhaps the only restaurant along the wharf that is dog friendly. Say goodbye to long-haul flights; your new Italian fix is ready and waiting.