Meet I Maccheroni, Woollahra’s unassuming neighbourhood Italian eatery

Eat / September 30, 2019

After relocating last year, this is the first solo venture for Marcello Farioli (ex-10 William Street and Fratelli Paradiso).

Sydney’s affinity for authentic Italian fare is nothing new. In fact, finding a great plate of pasta in our sparkling city is far from a tough ask. From Otto Ristorante on the beautiful Woolloomooloo Wharf to Jamie’s Italian in the heart of the CBD, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to experiencing the best of Italy’s culinary offering.

But there’s one eatery in the leafy streets of Woollahra that you need to put on your radar. Since moving from Rose Bay in 2018, I Maccheroni has quietly opened its doors just off Oxford Street on Jersey Road. It’s an unassuming venture finding its home in a spot that’s housed some of the city’s biggest names (previously the digs occupied by Buzo and Pinbone over the past few years).

I Maccheroni Woollahra Italian

But we have a feeling this latest occupant has a good thing going. At the helm of the kitchen is Chef Proprietor, Marcello Farioli (ex-10 William Street, Fratelli Paradiso, Otto and Pendolino). The Italian-native was schooled in the art of modern Italian cooking at Italy’s revered Alma Scuola di Cucina Italiana and has worked in a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants across northern Italy including Vecchio Ristoro and Il Rigoletto.

At I Maccheroni, the emphasis is on keeping the menu as authentic as possible. Think locally sourced produce, hand-rolled pasta dishes and reimagined versions of treasured family recipes. In essence, it’s classic Italian dishes served with a modern twist. The menu changes with seasons and includes everything from antipasti to market fresh fish and cheesier versions of the classic cannelloni.

I Maccheroni Woollahra Italian

As for unmissable dishes, their signature spring dish is set to be this: burnt butter and sage tortelli with 24-month aged Reggiano cheese. For a more unexpected experience, try their Ribollita sanga, a hearty vegetarian hybrid take on a traditional Tuscan strew transformed into a sandwich packed with veggies.

I Maccheroni’s wine list offers an extensive mix of classic and progressive varietals sourced locally and abroad. To keep the drinks menu fresh, the venue has partnered with local wine merchants and suppliers like Italian Wine Importers, Enoteca Sydney and Chent’Annos, ensuring new drops are constantly added to their shelves.

I Maccheroni Woollahra Italian

This spring, the venue will be hosting a series of wine dinners in collaboration with some of the country’s leading regional winemakers and suppliers. On October 2nd, Tuscany in the city delivers a 12-wine showcase of some of Tuscany’s finest wines (led by Enoteca Sydney’s Andreas Puhar, $159.34 per person). Plus, experience a series of small-batch lo-fi wines paired with 6 courses of Italian dishes at their Santolin’s Costa Nostra wine dinner (October 10th, $90 per person).

I Maccheroni, Woollahra
3 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025 NSW

Hours:
Mon 5:30pm – 9pm
Tues-Fri 5:30pm – 10pm
Sat 11am – 10pm
Sun Closed

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