Via Napoli's Luigi Esposito takes the Amalfi Way to Woolloomooloo Wharf

Woolloomooloo Wharf is rapidly becoming a waterside Little Italy.
Woolloomooloo Wharf is rapidly becoming a waterside Little Italy. Photo: Steve Woodburn

 The financial woes of the Criniti's restaurant chain left its prized site on Woolloomooloo Wharf ripe for the picking. Good Food can reveal that one of Sydney's best Italian restaurateurs has nabbed it.

Via Napoli's Luigi Esposito, the man behind the pizza many judge the best Neapolitan-style in Sydney, will open his most adventurous venue yet in the space – a restaurant focused on the Amalfi coast.

"It'll be called The Amalfi Way," he says. "We should open in about eight weeks."

Luigi Esposito is following up Pizza Fritta 180 by opening Amalfi Way.
Luigi Esposito is following up Pizza Fritta 180 by opening Amalfi Way. Photo: Supplied

And while there'll be pizza on the menu, the chef promises much, much more. He wants to tap the flavours of Italy's holiday hotspot, "the good times of the Amalfi", with dishes such as spaghetti with clams. .

"It'll be a step up for sure, but still friendly and beautiful," says Esposito, who has a knack for transplanting authentic Italian in Sydney.

In February he opened Pizza Fritta 180 on Crown Street, Surry Hills.

The Amalfi Way will slide into a waterside strip already home to Otto Ristorante and Manta's aperitivo bar, Molo.