Toppi Martin Place, a vibrant Italian late-night restaurant in the newly launched Sixty Martin Place has officially opens its doors. Named after chef and owner Paola Toppi (the powerhouse behind Eastern Suburbs dining institution Bar M), Toppi Martin Place is a place for people to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of the CBD and embrace Toppi’s vision of ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Designed by Steel + Stitch, Toppi Martin Place is an expansive 30metre long restaurant, boasting rich, dark aesthetics with sandstone, steel and beige tone accents. Here, Sydneysiders can enjoy glamourous yet refined homemade Italian dishes in a variety of dining experiences.

The elevated Pasta Bar serves the impeccable house-made pasta dishes chef Toppi is renowned for, like her signature duck ravioli with sage, browned butter and duck jus, tagliolini with lemon, butter and blue swimmer crab and tagliatelle sciue sciue with king prawns, cherry tomatoes and chilli. Theatrically prepared in front of guests, the pastas will continually evolve due to Toppi’s close workmanship on new pasta trends and in-season produce.

The Cocktail Bar is the perfect spot for those looking for a bite in-between meeting or after work, with plenty of sharing-style plates off antipasti and cured meats, pasta tasters and seafood, featuring four varieties of the chosen cuisine.

The Dining Room provides a more formal dining experience, with mains heroing seafood and meats, alongside decadent pasta dishes. Think ‘wagyu eye fillet alla pizzaiola’ with spicy tomato sauce, garlic chilli and potato mash, butterflied and grilled scampi with lemon and garlic butter sauce, and ‘spatchcock alla cacciatora’ – baked spatchcock in a tomato, mushroom, rosemary and garlic sauce.

The wine list has been carefully curated by bar manager Matteo Belkeziz, featuring a beautiful blend of Italian, local and international wines – proudly displayed in the carefully curated wine wall at the entrance to the venue. The cocktail list is built on Italian classics – think barrel-aged negronis made with grappa, in-season fruit bellinis, and Toppis’ ultra-decadent Tiramisu Martini.

Toppi Martin Place celebrates two generations of female culinary leaders in Sydney’s dining scene, and the opening will mark Toppi’s 31st year in the restaurant business – certainly no small feat for a woman operating what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.

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