Power to Popolo

You’ll need more than a GPS to discover this glassy gem. Command your inner super sleuth (don’t be duped by apartment block ‘No.50’). Follow the roar of conversation to the ‘Peoples’ restaurant twinkling behind the Toyota showroom.

Owners Flavio and Fabio sound like they should have their own episode of ‘Italian Underbelly – 41st Parallel North’. Regaling in a gang of loving customers who have followed them from Rockpool Bar & Grill, Fratelli Paradiso and beyond…with good reason.

Choose your vantage point from the comfy banquettes, homely wooden chairs or sleek sit up bar. If you’re an avid ‘People Watcher’ you’re in for a treat as guests arrive and hugs are given freely.

Google Translate may come in handy as the Italian team get competitive and each talk up their regional dishes showcasing homelands of Basilicata, Sardinia and Campania. The passion is as intoxicating as the delicious woodfire aromas wafting from the kitchen and the menu is full of surprises. ‘Gamberoni’ king prawns arrive all charred and garlicky to the table in the pan; ‘Tortino’ a mini focaccia pie delivers pine nut and endive sass; ‘Fregola’ pebble pasta is sultry seafood offering. Pizza lovers will not be disappointed but it’s the skewered quails which will have you licking your fingers with delight.

As for the Vini, we suggest you start with a delicate Prosecco Feudi as Flavio & Fabio won’t have you leave without sharing Alba & Spanedda, a wine harvested by their familia and imported especially for you.

Prepared with care and offered with love, says it all for a restaurant with a big heart.

Popolo
50 McLachlan Avenue (Behind the Toyota Garage), Rushcutters Bay
T: 02 9361 6641

Lunch Tuesday – Friday from 12pm
Dinner Tuesday – Sunday from 6pm
Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
from 8am

About the author

Karen’s corporate job includes an enviable task of entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (hot running water in bathrooms please).