A new Italian eatery is set to take over the former Lucio’s space in Paddington, an Italian institution that held the iconic address for almost 40 years before closing in January, 2021.

Civico 47, which means “number 47” in Italian, will be a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant not unlike Lucio’s, but with a contemporary edge courtesy of executive chef Matteo Zamboni.

Zamboni is no stranger to Sydney’s Italian dining institutions, having worked at Ormeggio at the Spit, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s. His resume also lists three Michelin-starred restaurants La Pergola in Rome, Italy; and Ryugyn in Tokyo, Japan.

The seasonal offering will channel Zamboni’s own Italian heritage across a menu of accessible-yet-refined dishes. Highlights include carpaccio with rocket, macadamia, vincotto & brussels sprouts; mafalde with king prawn, bok choy and tomato; and whole market fish with orange and saffron emulsion. For dessert, there’s chocolate and coffee budino with orange caramel.

The wine list has been curated with a focus on Italian drops, and there’s a good selection from Australian and French regions. Cocktails are either straight-up classics or house creations, with plenty of aperitifs and amaro behind the bar.

The building has been given a bright, Mediterranean-inspired makeover, and the team hopes to create a homey atmosphere for locals returning to the space.

Civico 47 will open on Wednesday March 23, 2022.

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Updated: May 4th, 2022

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