The man behind Kittyhawk, Lobo Plantation opens first solo venture

Caffe Bartolo. Image source: @caffebartolo via Instagram

Jared Merlino has been part of the teams that opened some of Sydney's best bars, Kittyhawk, Lobo Plantation, and cocktail-slash-pasta bar Big Poppa's. For his first solo venture, he's gliding further towards food, served during the day as well as into the night.

Merlino has acquired the former sight of Bill Granger's bills (which, after calling that site home for 23 years, has moved next door) on Crown Street, Surry Hills, and transformed it into Caffe Bartolo, an all-day (open 7am-midnight) diner serving Italian breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Gnocchi. Image source: @caffebartolo via Instagram

Head chef Teofilo Nobrega comes from five years as head chef at Sydney institution Fratelli Paradiso, so unsurprisingly there's housemade pasta. Dishes like gnocchi with zucchini flowers, prawns and fish stock will kick things off. For breakfast, there's coffee granita with brioche, stone fruit and berry salad with strawberry foam, and fresh Italian pastries.

Caffe Bartolo is named after Merlino's grandfather, and pays hommage to him and his grandmother Mary, whose pork-and-veal meatball recipe is used in the kitchen.