Ragazzi Wine and Pasta
A CBD wine and pasta bar from the Love, Tilly Devine crew.
City workers, theatre-goers and general pasta-lovers should all have this romantic Italian spot at the very top of their Sydney hit list. Ragazzi comes from the duo behind Love, Tilly Devine and Dear Sainte Éloise — Matthew Swieboda and Nathanial Hatwell — who teamed up with chef Scott Williams (Bacco Osteria e Espresso, MoVida) and front-of-house star Felix Colman (Dear Sainte Éloise) to open the Angel Place pasta joint and minimal-intervention wine bar in 2019.
Just as Love, Tilly Devine champions Aussie drops and Dear Sainte Éloise focuses more on the French, Ragazzi does the same for Italian varieties — showcasing small Italian producers and Australian wineries that use Italian grapes. Though classic Australian and French wines are also up for grabs here, too.
The 38-seat wine bar features textured concrete walls, leather banquette seating and a ten-seat, wraparound brass bar. It serves up daily-changing wines by the glass, along with a whopping 250 by the bottle — so there really is a heap to choose from. To round it all out (or kick-start it all), there are also more than 20 different amari and aperitifs.
Alongside the natural wines is a succinct food menu that changes regularly and showcases regional Italian pasta dishes. Expect the likes of spaghetti cacio e pepe, mushroom and gorgonzola ravioli and spanner crab conchiglie with green peas and garlic shoots.
A focus on no-waste and nose-to-tail eating is present throughout the menu, with Williams sourcing fresh local seafood or whole cuts of meat and breaking them down to create a range of dishes. When in season, expect sea urchin to be a regular feature on the menu, too, with Ragazzi receiving deliveries from a south Sydney diver.
While pasta is the star of the food show here, Williams also showcases the Spanish cooking techniques he learned in the kitchens of Madrid and Barcelona. So, expect to dig into Spanish-inflected bar snacks, such as pork croquettes and Cantabrian anchovies on sourdough, on the regular. A few simple salads make the cut, too, along with a chocolate and coffee tart or daily-churned gelato for dessert.
Can't make up your mind? You can let the Ragazzi team pull together a set menu for you for $75 a head.
The restaurant is constantly bustling, so do yourself a favour and make a booking here.
Images: Nikki To for Buffet
Updated Tuesday, October 4, 2022