A lovely afternoon drive to the airport it was, which almost made me feel like I was going places – flying to an unknown destination, to meet the unknown. Even though I wasn’t going to fly, the event did have me meet a lot of new people, explored delectable new tastes, and feel like I was in Italy for a little bit.
A little history on Machiavelli: It was established on 29 August 1988. Following on from the great success of her former restaurant La Strada, in Sydney’s Potts Point, Giovanna Toppi and her daughters created what was to become an institution of the Sydney dining scene.
The walls of the new space were decorated with beautiful black and white photos of famous people who had travelled through the international terminals in Sydney throughout the years and ‘opened’ with Australian journalist and author Peter Fitzsimons who revealed a picture of himself on the wall.
The food presentation was immaculate and the team very friendly, which contributes greatly to the experience in my opinion. The launch showcased an open kitchen, making you feel involved in the process, and the taste of the food was surprising and delightful.
While I did have some preferences over others at this culinary launch; a few of my favorites were the shallow fried QLD calamari with citrus mayonnaise and fresh chili, the risotto with porcini mushrooms, the green peas and mascarpone cheese, pork and veal meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce served with polenta and various eggplant, and asparagus creations which were more actually delicious than they may sound!
Mach2 by Machiavelli is a beautiful space which fits perfectly between all the other venues located at the international terminal. They may have even have raised the bar with their perfectly Italian cuisine and wonderful smell of fresh ground coffee. So next time you find yourself wandering around the airport with time to kill, if I were you I’d be stepping into Mach2 by Machiavelli.
Ayla Haverkamp, ‘The Dutchess’, is a Dutch girl in Sydney with a communications degree and a heart for organizing. She loves to travel the world, learn and explore new things every day, and is a cinema guru.
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