Matteo Downtown Opens in Sydney

Matteo Downtown, the second venue from the team behind Matteo Double Bay has now opened on Sydney’s Bond Street.

Matteo Downtown

Inspired by the big all-day dining restaurants of Milan and Rome, Matteo Downtown aims to be fun and unpretentious, embracing the flavour and energy of the high-paced city.

Matteo Downtown is the brainchild of hospitality team, The Adored Group (individually launched Kittyhawk, Lobo Plantation, The Island and Da Orazio, Adam Abrams, Orazio D’Elia) joined by Eddie Levy in 2017 to open their first venue together, Matteo Double Bay.

The food concept draws on Chef Orazio D’Elia’s traditional Italian upbringing in Southern Italy and his culinary and cultural journeys through the North. The menu at Matteo Downtown menu features more earthy and rich dishes from Northern Italy, along with simple traditional dishes that are often forgotten on modern menus.

Matteo Downtown

A first for the Sydney restaurant scene, Matteo Downtown offers a dedicated mozzarella bar. D’Elia has partnered with La Stella Latticini producer of fine cheeses. The cheeses, made fresh and delivered daily, are used in dishes like buffalo mozzarella with house cured kurobuta capocollo (pork-neck); cow milk stracciatella with red scarlet prawns crudo; cow milk burrata, nettle, sea vegetables and trout roe; and cow milk ricotta with Blackmore wagyu bresaola and aged giusti balsamic.

Matteo Downtown

Two traditional Neapolitan brick-style pizza ovens are used to make Orazio’s pizza and the other to add charcoal and smoky flavours to dishes like the 600g wood-fired Ranger Valley ribeye grain-fed steak and roasted king prawns with bottarga. There is also a large rotisserie used to slow cook beef, chicken and pork, sourced from organic, grain-fed suppliers.

With a focus on aperitivo, five days a week from 4pm-6pm, guests can gather at the bar and sip on a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails – accompanied by complimentary snacks, as per the Italian evening tradition. Snacks are delivered on roaming trays and showcase whatever produce D’Elia decides is best on the day – pizzetta, calzone, octopus bites and fried school prawns, accompanied by Downtown Spritz (Vodka, Aperol, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit bitters, Prosecco and home-made cucumber soda). Thursday and Friday afternoons will feature leading Sydney DJs.

Matteo Downtown is open Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner with dinner only on Saturday.

Matteo Downtown
20 Bond Street, Sydney
Hours: 7am-12am, Monday-Friday; 5pm – 12am – Saturday

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.