Icebergs restaurateur Maurice Terzini signs ACME chef Mitch Orr

Chef Mitch Orr outside his restaurant ACME in 2015. He's now bound for Bondi.
Chef Mitch Orr outside his restaurant ACME in 2015. He's now bound for Bondi. Photo: Christopher Pearce

The first piece of the Sydney chef puzzle has fallen into place, with restaurateur Maurice Terzini signing ACME restaurant co-owner and chef Mitch Orr.

A record number of closures of chef hatted restaurants in recent months has seen a glut of kitchen talent hit the market, with Orr headed to the kitchen of Terzini's Bondi eatery Da Orazio after Orr shuttered ACME last week.

It isn't the only change for the Hall Street pizzeria – Terzini confirmed it will get a makeover and a new name in coming months.

Da Orazio in Bondi.
Da Orazio in Bondi. Photo: Fiona Morris

While it will continue to trade in the short term as Da Orazio, it will relaunch in coming months as Ciccia Bella. 

While that move will see it reposition itself more as a restaurant, Terzini says it will continue to serve pizza, but with more of a pruned offering.

The rejig is clearly better suited to Orr's reputation for pasta, but word is his "Italo-noodle" approach will lean more toward the classics in his new gig.

Orr was short-odds to take a job rather than open another restaurant after relating  the difficulty of running a restaurant in Sydney last week.