Ragazzi Wine and Pasta is a sister venue to Laneway Liquor, created by the prolific Love Tilly Group (Dear Sainte Eloise, Love, Tilly Devine and Fabbrica) headed by Scott Williams, Matt Swieboda and Nathanial Hatwell.
Ragazzi which loosely translates to ‘guys’ is a tiny place on Angel Place in the centre of Sydney, it’s a riff on Italian food by Scott Williams who heads up the kitchen, he’s an enthusiastic and accomplished crafter of pasta, who previously headed up the kitchens at Movida Sydney and Bacco Osteria e Espresso.
Ragazzi isn’t a formal white-tablecloth venue, like so many others in the Sydney CBD. It’s more an Italian-style wine bar, where you go for an after work drink and snack or to have a very relaxed, very long lunch. With Felix Colman (ex-Movida) running the floor and a 300+ strong wine offering, let's just say you have a few options.
“It’s in a laneway, just like our other venues,” says Swieboda. “And it’s tiny. But there’s lots of personality to be found in smaller places.”
Whatever changes over time, Ragazzi will always be roughly based on a menu structure that reads like this: a handful of snacks, six or so pastas, two bigger protein-led dishes, a duo of salads or greens followed by a dessert. The venue is a soft and moody room lined with leather banquettes, a beautiful bar and with textured walls and dark bentwood chairs.