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Classico Moderno is a pop-up project by Italian chef Bryan Gerlini. The former head chef of Leichhardt’s Capriccio Osteria, with stints at Darlinghurst’s most famous popup, Café Paci, and local stalwart A Tavola, Bryan specialises in the cuisine of his native Emilia-Romagna. Emilia-Romagna stretches from the Apennine Mountains, through the fertile food bowl of the Po River Valley, to the Adriatic coast. The region is the birthplace of prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Regianno, and home to such Italian staples as tagliatelle Bolognese and lasagne. Yet Classico Moderno’s use of these ingredients and interpretation of such classic dishes is distinctly modern. Bryan’s signature cotechino and lentil sliders and cannoli di mortadella have already wowed Sydney’s food critics in past restaurants and are featured as snacks at Classico Moderno. His full menus showcase even more inventive, delicious twists on the classics, including creative desserts conjured up his good friend, pastry chef Francesco Guerra, formerly of Gelato Messina. Classico Moderno offers three 6-course menus inspired by Emilia – the land (meat), Romagna – the coast (seafood), and the vegetarian Pianura – the valley, for $65pp, and a choose-your-own 3-course option at $45pp strong>, with additional courses at $15 each. Complimentary snacks and a pre-dessert are included, and there is a focus on course-matched wine options. Come in and meet Bryan, Francesco and the team at Classico Moderno. We’ll take you on a trip to Emilia-Romagna – without leaving Darlinghurst!

Bryan & Francesco