20 Bond St, Sydney NSW 2000
A slice of Italy downtown
My first impressions of Matteo Downtown are good. Nice decor and space with high ceiling and lofty light filled casual bar area matched with friendly professional service. Freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oysters ($24 for 6) are thankfully shucked to order as hoped with nice brine and flavour. A wedge of lemon and a small spoon are the only things I can think of that could make it better. Hard to resist the Diavola pizza with san marzano tomato, fior di latte, spicy salami, basil, evoo ($23). There's a good amount of chilli kick in the salami that continues to intensify with each bite so I didn't really need the chilli oil I'd requested. It had a soft base with a wet centre that calls upon a bit of knife and fork action to eat. Menu describes pizzas as naturally risen for 48 hours with lievito madre. I couldn't quite finish all the crust as it was still quite filling. I spy $15 cocktails come with complimentary snacks at their aperitivo hour (Mon-Fri 4-6pm) which sounds like a good deal to check out next.