Bartolo (previously Caffe Bartolo), the latest venture for Jared Merlino (owner of Kittyhawk, Lobo Plantation, and Big Poppa’s, has just launched their late night trade and has started offering cocktail and spritz service. Yay! Bartolo is named in honour of Jared’s great-grandfather Bartolo, who emigrated from the small Sicilian town of Lipari in 1910; his grandmother Mary, whose cooking inspired the traditional Italian fare on offer; and his great aunt Rita, an Italian greyhound breeder.

Bartolo encourages the Italian tradition of all day dining and offers a modern Italian menu created by Teofilo Nobrega, previously of Fratelli Paradiso.

Recently Sydney Social 101 visited Bartolo to try out the new evening menu and few of their brand new winter themed cocktails.

It was a cold night so we were very excited to get inside to get cosy and warm. Upon arriving we were greeted by a very friendly waiter who showed us to our table and made us feel right at home. The space was decorated with plants and vintage trinkets and the walls were adorned with family photos and photos or Rita’s greyhounds.

As we flicked through the menu we became mesmerised by the stunning watercolour drawings of their new cocktail menu. After admiring the drawings for some time our thirst heightened and we knew it was time to order. Each of the cocktails on the new winter has been created with the aim of translating wintery concepts into exciting flavours. We enjoyed the ‘It’s So Foggy’ which is a tall and fresh cocktail that uses Native Australian Myrtle mix, an acidic pear cordial, Bombay Sapphire gin and Chartreuse Yellow . The drink is finished off with a simple skeleton leaf garnish that gives you a feeling of vision through the fog. We also tried the ‘Marino Wool’ which combines Mancino Vermouth Rosso, Oloroso Sherry, P.Ferrand Cognac, Apple, Almond Milk  and Whites. Now, we have had a lot of cocktails over the years but I have to say these cocktails have been the most exciting and delicious cocktails we have ever tried.

On to the food! To start we enjoyed the delicious Housemade focaccia along with the local burrata served with marinated oxheart tomatoes, white anchovy,  cima di rapa puree and basil oil.  For mains we shared the  Spaghettoni alla norma, eggplant, tomato, basil, cacioricotta and the Pan fried Sliver Dory, beurre blanc, seablite, caper leaves. We also enjoyed the fresh and flavoursome  Radicchio, shaved fennel, nashi pear and toasted hazelnut salad with blood plum mayonaise & gorgonzola dressing on the side. The food was fresh, moreish and had that real homemade taste.

Other delicious delights on the menu include Charred octopus with salsa verde, pickled onion, potato; Pan-roasted organic free range spatchcock with all’amatriciana sauce and 350g Sirloin with mixed sauteed greens, red wine jus.

Alongside our meal we indulged in a number of delicious Italian wines! The waiter was extremely helpful in selecting a wine for us that not only matched our tastes but also perfectly went with our dishes.  Our favourite was the Nero di Troia Podere 29 ‘Gelso Nero’, Puglia, 2017 – A must try!

Bartolo is the perfect place for a cosy night with friends, family or a lover! The food is full of flavour and fresh, the cocktails are some of the best I have ever had and the wine list is very, very extensive!

To book, head to:

Address: 359 Crown St, Surry Hills

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday
Espresso Bar – 7am -12am
Restaurant and cocktail bar – 12pm-12am.
Espresso Bar – 8am – 12am
Restaurant and cocktail bar – 9am-12am
Espresso Bar – 8am – 10pm
Restaurant and cocktail bar – 9am-10pm

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