This Potts Point eatery is as sexy as a plate of prosciutto and figs being ravished by Monica Bellucci. With almost ten years under it’s belt and a consistent clientele of Sydney’s too-cool chic, Fratelli Paradiso has become an Italian hotbed for those looking for gusto in their Italian fare, effervescently charming service and super-slick surrounds.
This uniquely designed U-shaped paradise joins the slightly more formal restaurant with the patisseria/cafe. Here customers overlook the days preparations, whereby confident Italian pastry chefs pipe out amaretti on large marble benches whilst chatting in their native tongue. There is certainly the lively spirit of Italy in the air. A glass cabinet holds silver trays of beautifully fresh pastry such as bomboloni, cannoli, pain au chocolate and Italian like brioche- along with simple pizza slabs and sandwiches. Everything down to the bread here is made on premise, which is the glacé cherrie on top of the little florentines.
The other side of the establishment holds a large trattoria-like blackboard menu. It is displayed all in Italian, though it is concise and quick to pick up. However, if in doubt a charismatic well-dressed waiter will translate. The menu changes weekly and is seasonally concentrated but the design and structure stays the same. Their crisp calamari on a bed of rocket with a balsamic reduction is always on the menu, along with other delightful antipasto, succulent pastas and ragùs and a fish of the day is always on offer.
It doesn’t even matter that they’re closed on Saturday nights, don’t take bookings and the menu’s foreign because this Italian relaxed attitude just adds to the nature of the place. And it’s just too darn good to pass up!
16 Challis Ave
Potts Point, NSW 2011
(02) 9357 1744
Monday – Friday 7am-11pm
Saturday & Sunday 7am-6pm