Foodie Hot Spot/Italian Pop-Up Is Here

Foodie Hot Spot/Italian Pop-Up Is Here

Aperitivo afternoons are now permanent!

By Georgie Murray | 19th December 2019

Once upon a time along the pristine waters overlooking the city skyline sat an easy going foodie hot spot, adored by locals, where Aperol spritz flowed, antipasti was aplenty and spaghetti far from regretti. No, we’re not talking Naples. We’re talking somewhere much closer to home, with no passport needed. The only requirement for these custom controls is to have a good time.

This, friends, is Ciao Papi and we’re saying hello and benvenuto as this haunt is here to stay.

Originally a temporary pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves, Ciao Papi impressed with their authentic eats and all-round good vibes that the higher-ups decided to give it a permanent and prime position to join the ranks of the Wharves.

Whether it’s a complete dining experience, a romantic date night or early evening delight, like an Italian grandpa, Ciao Papi can do it all. But it’s their Aperitivo Afternoons that really puts them on the map. From 4pm – 6pm, Mondays through to Friday’s, do it like the Italians do and sip the afternoon away with a spritz in one hand and complimentary snacks in the other – it’s just like Nonna’s where you’re more or less force fed, but happy about it.

 

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The restaurant menu features traditional meals you would expect to eat street-side in Positano, but with a gourmet twist. Their Antipasti menu includes rock oysters, house made focaccia, olives, spicy Calabrese salami, Burrata, and perfectly prepared blistered peppers, just to name a few. Yet it’s the mains that really have us feeling the amore (meaning love, but also pronounced ah-more-ay…get it?). With dishes to delight the whole famiglia like Fusilli with garden pesto, green beans and gremolata or grilled lamb cutlets with salsa verde, the bambinis to your most boring uncle, will be impressed.

 

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Don’t forget dessert. Don’t ever forget the dessert. And you’ll learn why, with treats like tiramisu, fresh figs with honeycomb and orange and Campari granita gracing the menu.

Whatever the occasion, Ciao Papi will have you feeling as though you’ve been whisked away to the Riviera within your first sip of a spritz. No passports and no bookings required, bene!

 

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Article by Georgie Murray

Georgie is a Journalist with a knack for bad jokes and dating disasters. A total open book, there’s no topic off limits for this Rod Stewart enthusiast. Starting her career in Broadcast Journalism, Georgie has since gone back to basics of the written word with a particular love for taboo topics and fashion media.

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