The cheeseburger spring roll finally has a rival. Say hello to the lasagne spring roll, which has touched down at the new Enoteca Ponti, part of the new wave of Italian restaurant opening at Potts Point.
Enoteca Ponti launches on Friday, August 5, sliding into the former home of Monopole and Ria Pizza & Wine.
The sparkling new restaurant is the latest venture from the team behind Bistro Rex, also on Macleay Street.
It isn't alone in waving Italy's tricolour flag in the precinct, with restaurateur Barry McDonald now in the build stage at Bar Grazie, which is headed to the Elizabeth Bay Road strip, under the former site of the famed Sebel Townhouse.
What can you expect at Enoteca Ponti? The interior, crafted by Ar Huis, takes its inspiration from the 1950s Roman wine bars and restaurants, particularly those of Italian architect Gio Ponti.
There are lashings of geometric tiles, neat banquettes and feature nooks lined with wine.
Chef Aldo Farroni, last seen in the kitchen at glam rooftop venue Shell House, is steering a two-pronged route.
The opening menu cruises down an autostrada of classic Roman dishes, occasionally veering off with a modern twist such as a wasabi emulsion lid on a tuna noodle dish. The lasagne spring rolls are teamed with fermented chilli oil.
"My food, my vision for Enoteca Ponti, is to bring the Italian cuisine of my heritage and evolve it to suit a modern, global context," Farroni says.
The chef, a native of Tarquinia, north of Rome, still finds room for plenty of classics, sprinkling his menu with house-made pastas and salt-baked fish.
Open lunch Fri & Sun, dinner Wed-Sun.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point, 0420 857 171, enotecaponti.com