The best Italian food in Sydney is from Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano

It’s the kind of place that you wouldn’t know existed unless someone told you about it, but once you do, it will be hard to forget.

Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano is one of those Sydney restaurants and authentic eateries that serves-up food to rival the most hatted restaurants in the city, without all the overly gratuitous pop and ceremony too often flashed in higher end establishments.

They do Italian food, done damn well for a price that won’t leave you wishing you hadn’t.

The venue itself is an underground mezzanine establishment, providing you the opportunity to see only the feet of passers by as they go about their lives unknowingly unaware of the gastronomic awesomeness that the Machiavelli kitchen produces. It’s long, wide, traditional in feel and has walls adorned with some of the world’s most renowned political figures in technicolour. It’s gaudy, but the kind of gaudy that means you know it’s an Italian establishment that focuses on food while playing to the theme of Niccolo Machiavelli, a 15th century Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer.

It’s an open plan kitchen, giving the chefs the opportunity to peer out over the restaurant’s heaving masses of customers, enjoying their food they saw being prepared with an expert’s Italian-inspired touch.

The menu is wide and varied, encompassing a lot of what makes Italian food so great, but the way they do it; words can’t really describe.

Take for instance, a dory carpaccio marinated in lemon, olive oil and chilli dressing served with micro herbs and crostini: an unassuming dish, but one of which the flavours work so perfectly together, you don’t want it to end. And that’s just a starter!

Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano fish carpaccio

Other such staples include a cheese gnocchi that is honestly like eating soft, buttery, gooey clouds of deliciousness that could change even the most affirmed gnocchi-hater’s mind. They’re a potato dumpling pasta served with a gorgonzola sauce that is to die for.

Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano gnocchi

A scampi-topped ravioli and a sumptuous beef pasta, all the servings of which combined make for one hell of a gastronomic experience, you’ll never think twice about where to go for quality Italian food again.

Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano scampi ravioli pasta

Top it all off with sensational sweet tidbits such as lemon curd tart and an ice-cream creme-stuffed biscotti-like profiterole and dessert wine from a range straight from the Italian coast, you’re done.

Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano beef spirtal pasta

Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano profiteroles

You can find Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano at 123 Clarence Street, Sydney. More at their website.

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