Chippendale’s burgeoning Kensington Street precinct gets another injection of exciting new international food talent.
Sicilian-born, award-winning chef Lino Sauro (Gattopardo, Singapore) opens Olio Kensington Street in early 2017 to show Sydney why Sicilian is the new Italian. Olio Kensington Street (Italian for olive oil) is located in the beautifully restored 'The Old Rum Store' with a contemporary indoor dining room plus lush rooftop terrace, the Tarrazza which offers rooftop dining at its best and overlooks Chippendale.
Sauro comes from a long lineage of self-sufficient Sicilian farmers where he grew up with meals that were created with the quality produce grown on the property. This translates into Sauro’s menu with dishes that reflect a strong connection to his Sicilian roots. For the past 10 years, he has lived in Singapore heading up his first solo Sicilian restaurant venture showing locals that Italian food can be more than pizza and heavy, creamy sauces. Now, thankfully, it’s Sydney’s turn.
Keeping it in the family, Sauro sources his olive oil – the base of all his dishes – from the family’s Sicilian farm. Typical of the region, seasonal seafood, wild fennel, raisins, saffron and couscous are hero ingredients on Olio Kensington Street’s menu, amongst other classics.