New Enoteca Ponti

Rebecca Varidel
18th Aug 2022

The team behind Bistro Rex has opened a new second restaurant in Potts Point, giving the old Monopole site a makeover.

The 1950’s inspired Roman wine bar and restaurant Enoteca Ponti helmed by chef Aldo Farroni (previously of Shell House Sydney) will offer Roman classics and modern dishes with a twist, paired with classic cocktails and an Italian-centric wine list. Designed and built by the team at Ar Huis, the interiors pay homage to prolific Italian architect, Gio Ponti, the standard bearer of geometric tiles, and are reminiscent of a 1950s Roman wine bar, complete with geometric tiles aplenty, patinated finishes and tobacco-stained ceilings.

“We’re so excited to launch Enoteca Ponti at such a buzzing location on Macleay Street. It’s been a lot of hard work from our restaurant team, Ar Huis and of course, our incredible chef, Aldo, who has created a menu filled with love that we can’t wait to show Sydney diners” Restaurant Manager Jess Saffioti said.

Hailing from Tarquinia, on the west coast of Italy just north of Rome, Aldo has brought his passion for food and wine to life through his carefully curated menu, featuring classic snacks like house-made focaccia, charcuterie and cheese, innovative dishes like lasagna spring rolls with fermented chilli oil, and, of course, house-made pastas and mouthwatering mains like the 600g Westholme T-bone or salt-baked whole John Dory.

“My food, my vision for Enoteca Ponti, is to bring the Italian cuisine of my heritage and evolve it to suit a modern, global context. What better place to bring this to life than on Macleay Street in vibrant Potts Point,” said Aldo. “I want Enoteca Ponti to mirror the authentic Italian dining experience – sharing great food and wine at the table with friends.”

Enoteca Ponti has reserved seating for up to 65 diners as well as 14 unreserved bar seats for walk-ins. It is open for dinner from 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, with Friday and Sunday lunches from midday running through till late.