Flavio Carnevale is to open a second restaurant to bring a Roman feel to Sydney
Slated to open in mid-September, MARTA will emerge in Carnevale’s former premises with a new look and feel inspired by his Roman hospitality roots.
“Popolo has a formality to it that’s better suited to the city,” said Carnevale. “With MARTA we wanted to create a true neighbourhood osteria so Rushcutters Bay was a natural fit.”
Dishes will include baked anchovies with sautéed curly endive, bucatini mussels tomato e pecorino, tonnarelli (thick spaghetti) cacio e pepe, abbacchio alla scottadito (lamb cutlets) and filetti di baccalà (cod fillet). The menu will run alongside a Roman week with daily house specials designed to celebrate regular patronage.
“We are creating a space that has something for everyone – a communal table for big families, intimate tables for couples, a bar area for drop-ins, and a courtyard for those who want to enjoy the sun,” he added. “The diversity is part of Roman culture where it’s common to find a politician beside a student in a neighbourhood osteria.
“MARTA represents the evolution of my life. Popolo was my childhood upbringing in Basilicata, while MARTA is my Roman adulthood where the first decade of my restaurant and bar career began. MARTA is bringing that Roman feel to Sydney, which is currently missing.”