Former Old Fitz chef Nicholas Hill pops up in The Strand

The pig's head schnitzel reimagined as a Pig Mack sandwich, with dill mustard and pickles.
The pig's head schnitzel reimagined as a Pig Mack sandwich, with dill mustard and pickles. Photo: Supplied

That didn't take long. Nicholas Hill has already been snapped up following his sudden exit last month from The Old Fitz at Woolloomooloo.

Hill's creative British dishes will be front and centre at The Milan Cricket Club, which opens on Thursday in the La Rosa site in The Strand. The pop-up will run until the end of the year.

La Rosa's Nino Zoccali says it'll be a British-Italian steakhouse. And he explains there's a story behind the pop-up's moniker.

New pop-up: Nicholas Hill (left) with Nino Zoccali.
New pop-up: Nicholas Hill (left) with Nino Zoccali.  Photo: Supplied

"It's a little-known fact that some of Italy's most important sporting clubs were actually set up by the English fashion industry and other expats living in Italy in the 19th century," he says.

"There's AC Milan [established] in 1889 as The Milan Football and Cricket Club – incidentally within a year of the commencement of construction of Sydney's Strand Arcade."

Hill's raw beef on dripping toast and pig's head schnitzel (in burger form) will both make an appearance on the opening menu.