Vicolo is a Victorian-jam-factory-turned-Italian restaurant in a quiet spot on Kent Street. Operating out of a classical 1800s warehouse, they serve a distinct blend of coffee from their front shop, while the kitchen and restaurant pump out Italian food and wine for lunch during the working week.
Vicolo has a lush interior design. As the 1800s warehouse is heritage listed, the new owners have had to be creative, taking care to preserve the natural patina. And have they ever – lamps hang over rustic gold tables, a living wall grows across the exposed brickwork, and windows open out onto a quaint cobblestone laneway. It’s a beautiful spot for a mid-day break, which will have you romanticising 19th century jam potting and forgetting about your office dramas down the street.
We recommend their lunch specials, starting with crispy-skinned barramundi. Next, go for the crispy pancetta carbonara, which – particularly for lactose-intolerant friends – will answer your prayers. It is not only the most richly flavoured spaghetti, but is also made entirely without cream. A true miracle. Accompanying the food is a good selection of wines; for us, the best for summer is a sweet strawberry rosé (the 2014 Fantini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo). For dessert, have pistachio domes and a good old tiramisu.
Under the creative direction of Head Chef Levi Randall, Vicolo has recently entered Sydney’s brunch scene, now opening on Saturday mornings with a range of gorgeously presented breakfast foods, including coconut waffles and Spanish omelettes.
Vicolo Café is located at:
346 – 348 Kent St, Sydney
Phone: +61 2 8084 8475