It’s Spritz O’Clock at Nico, Sydney.

Located in the heart of Cammeray is a piece of the Amalfi Coast (no passport, or 24 hour flight needed). This ultra-chic Italian eatery is the first independent venture of former Matteo Executive Chef at Urban Purveyor Group (now known as Hunter St Hospitality), Nicola Ronconi.

Together with business partner Ewa Witkowska, the two bring a slice of Europe to suburban Sydney.

As soon as you step in, you’re transported ever so quickly to the Amalfi Coast. The interiors are light and airy, with natural timber and hues of terracotta and cobalt blue to reflect the shimmering water and iconic orange parasols that line the coast. Open plan seating, warm lighting and a private dining room makes the space feel incredibly inviting no matter the time of day. Whether it’s a celebratory dinner for 10, or a spontaneous weekday dinner with a loved one – Nico is a perfect fit for any occasion.

The menu is designed for sharing (a massive plus for those who like to try a bit of everything). We start with the homemade focaccia which is so soft and pillowy – accompanied with smoked butter, a dish that instantly sets the tone for the evening ahead. For those who are a lover of an Aperol Spritz, you’ll be potentially converted to Nico’s other Amalfi inspired tipples. The wine list and cocktail menu is playful and pays homage to its traditional Italian heritage.

Nico himself then brings out his signature dish for us to try – Sicilian cannoli with salmon and flying fish roe. A fan of the Italian dessert, I dive straight into this delight and it is truly a crunchy, savoury cannoli masterpiece in its own right. Other favourites include the tiger prawn cigar, calamarata pasta with sundried tomatoes and SA squid (this transported me back to Italy in a mouthful) along with the Black Opal Wagyu. Pair your meat with the crispy potatoes – which are tossed in honey and pecorino –  and thank me later.

Each dish has been carefully considered and it’s evident to see that Nico and his team bring not only a wealth of experience but a passion to each and every meal that is served.

The highlight of the night however, is the lemon tiramisu. It’s a dessert that is close to Nico’s heart and one he has been perfecting for a number of years. Ewa tells me the secret is limoncello soaked sponge and a generous dusting of white chocolate between layers and on top.

Its ever so light in comparison to its chocolatey counterpart, and is a must order. This dish alone will have you wanting to go back for more.

Nico Cammeray is now open for lunch Friday – Saturday (12-3pm) and dinner Monday – Saturday (5.30pm – late). They also offer a Bottomless package (from $89pp) every Saturday between 12-3pm.

When she’s not globetrotting Caitlin Martin loves to scope out Sydney’s hidden gems, with a camera and coffee in hand. Follow her adventures @caitlineliseeee

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Candid PR and Nico. 
Image credit: Candid PR.