If you loved Popolo, the McLachlan Avenue home for authentic Italian fare, you’ll love what’s taken over its digs. Cucina Romana MARTA has opened its doors in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and is dishing up the flavours of Rome in full swing.
The owner, Flavio Carnevale, knows what’s up when it comes to recreating the essence of Roman hospitality thanks to his many years manning the kitchens of some of Italy’s finest. This Italian diner will breathe new life into the dining scene of this quaint harbourside suburb as a hub for community dining and bonding over shared experiences of authentic Italian food.
“When we envisioned MARTA, we honed in on that Roman piazza feeling where everybody knows everybody,” said Flavio. “We were looking at sites in the city for MARTA, but our concept kept bringing us back to Rushcutters Bay.”
MARTA’s mandate inspired its Roman-style fit-out, complete with long communal tables that are perfect for long family lunches or catch-ups over dinner. The bar winds from the front to the back of the restaurant with a drinks and bar snacks menu operating all day, and leads out into a sun-drenched courtyard where guests can drink and dine in the Sydney sunshine.
Together with Head Chef, Christuan Jordaan, Flavio puts together a weekly rotating list of specials that captures the scents, tastes and colours of a genuine, Roman dining experience. The menu features staples like wood-fired pizzas topped with buffalo mozzarella, zucchini flowers, anchovies and Grana Padano followed by ‘Gricia’ – a bombolotti short tube pasta with guanciale, pancetta, black pepper and pecorino Romano. Heat things up with a bite of the lamb tomahawk spicy chicory, or ‘Scottadito’ and cool it down with a ‘Crostata di ricotta e visciole’ – a baked ricotta sour cherry tart.
The wine list is Italian focused and features drops that have been hand-picked by Flavio and served from handmade decanters; there’s no skimping on quality and elegance. You’ll also have the option to sip on a cocktail at the bar, like a classic spritz or negroni made from artisan Italian vermouth, bitters and gins.
Driven by a passion for authenticity, flavour and true Roman glamour, we’re betting that this one’s here to stay.