“The order of the day at Il Pontile, Sydney’s newest Italian fine diner (with its earthy but elegant and light-filled interiors that spill out to the waterfront), is a cut-glass crisp Prosecco to kick things off before the sun sets over the iconic Finger Wharf.
Notes from Naples
The newest jewel in the crown of Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf – a Sydney icon with wool boom beginnings as the city’s first wharf and now a first-class dining precinct – is a slice of Italy in the shape of fine diner, Il Pontile. The waterside restaurant is helmed by fourth-generation Italian restaurateur and chef Mario Percuoco and reflects his native Naples in its location
and menu. Lunch or dinner might kick off with fresh oysters and proceed with an antipasti of burrata con nettarine e nocciole (burrata with peach and hazelnuts), before moving onto a primi dish of linguine al cartoccio (linguine baked in a parcel with mixed seafood), and a secondi of guazzetto di pesce (fish fillet of the day sautéed with cherry tomatoes and clams). There will be careful consultation of the wine list throughout, which traverses all regions of Italy (plus Australia and a few French drops), and a sweet affogato finish. With its interior makeover by Bang Architecture, the neutral-toned space is light and refined, yet earthy, textural and inviting, divided by arched doorways and spilling outside to a buzzing al fresco area. ilpontile.com.au”