Order from the Italian inspired menu, Sangiovese in hand, harbourside
This charming little Italian restaurant is bringing authentic flavours and good old fashioned service to the Newcastle waterfront scene. Nonna would be proud!
Restaurant Manager Josh Watt talks passionately about Cielo and what he and the team have built. Opening in May, 2017 the Cielo crew have already scored themselves a loyal following with regulars enjoying the genuine homely experience.
“I think we’re ticking all the boxes in terms of what we’re providing. The menu is very diverse, there’s a lot to choose from and I would say that the meals are quite simple, in that there are only a few elements to every dish, but each element is very compelling.
“The team in the kitchen use a lot of fresh herbs and fresh spices like they would in Italy in home-made style food, and they really care about what they’re plating up.
“There are a few dishes on the menu that aren’t traditionally Italian with the idea being that there’s something for everyone.
“Whilst there are a lot of Italian restaurants in Newcastle we like to think that we’re keeping things quite authentic and there are a few dishes that people may not have necessarily tried before, like the pan fried gnocchi which is served on a plate with fresh chilli, pancetta and freshly shaved parmesan there are only a few elements there but each one is very present.
“The other really exciting thing we’re doing is 'The Italian Job' which is a huge Italian feast. There’s a minimum of 4 people and it’s a great way to try a bunch of different dishes.
“The wine list is half Australian and half imported Italian wines and we try to keep to that because we want to try and keep it palatable for the food we provide."
Cielo is perfect for that group long lunch, family get together or date night with the candlelit tables offering that romantic touch. Combined with all those Italian food smells coming from the kitchen, the sound of 'little Italy' subtly playing in the background and the fun, light-hearted food and drinking atmosphere, it's going to bring out the inner Italian in all of us.