10 Elizabeth Street, Paddington, NSW
02 9331 3333
Located in Paddington, Cipri Italian is a welcoming, fine-dining restaurant serving contemporary Italian dishes seven nights a week and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
Owned by brothers Joe, Carmelo, and Anthony Cipri, the restaurant doesn’t just have well-prepared Italian dishes to back up its reputation, but a large Italian family of food lovers who have worked in the Sydney restaurant scene for more than 35 years. Their heritage stems back to the southern Italian region of Calabria.
The three brothers manage the restaurant, and Carmelo is head chef. He attributes the direction of his cooking style to his mother, Maria Cipri, who came from Palmi, a coastal town that is known for its seafood, and, accordingly, Carmelo developed a deep appreciation of seafood and vegetables. It’s what he enjoys working with most.
Joe and Anthony head the front of house. “Cipri Italian continues our family’s passion for good food and dedication to hospitality that dates back generations,” said Joe.
At night, the dimly lit room evokes the ambience an old school New York Italian restaurant. The Italian speaking waiters in their crisp uniforms create an atmosphere that you would find in a side street of Rome or Florence. In the kitchen, Carmelo prepares authentic dishes with a contemporary twist. All produce is sourced locally, either from Flemington Growers markets or other local farmers markets, and the suckling pig and meats from farms in the Hawkesbury basin of north-west Sydney.
The antipasti menu includes both beef and swordfish carpaccio, baked layered eggplant with buffalo mozzarella, and a Sardinian take on barbequed octopus. Among the homemade pasta is squid-ink spaghettini with prawns, calamari, mussels, zucchini, and tomato, and the much loved pappardelle with a slow-braised duck and porcini mushroom ragu. Secondi include slow roasted suckling pig with red cabbage salad, mustard fruits and pistachio, and West Australia scampi and prawns lightly grilled with herbs and lemon. For dolci, ricotta fritters are served with coconut semifreddo, amarena cherries and Sardinian honey.
Cipri Italian’s ever-evolving wine list offers wines from the premier wine regions of Italy and Australia and an enviable choice of grappa and digestive to complement their food.
After so many years in the industry, they believe that Cipri Italian is more than just the restaurant and can be best described as a “whole Italian food experience.” The restaurant has expanded its offering to include artisan food workshops and a signature product line. “The workshops are a full day event filled with Italian passion and emotion,” said Joe. “You are exposed to our down-to-earth family with loads of Calabrese attitude, opinion, and peasant know-how – as well as a few larger-than-life personalities!” Each product comes from a recipe that has been in the family for generations. You can buy the family’s tomato passata, marinated vegetables, Tuscan herbed salt, artichoke & anchovy spread, and more to enjoy in your own home.