Jason Loucas

The trio behind Sydney’s neo-Parisian eatery Bistro 916 are set to expand with the launch of Pellegrino 2000 in January 2022.

Chefs Dan Pepperell, Michael Clift and Sommelier Andy Tyson are focusing on Italy for their second venue, and have secured the former Bar H location on the corner of Campbell Street and Foster Street in Surry Hills.

“We’re opening a restaurant inspired by some of our favourite trattorias in Rome and Florence,” says Clift.

The concept very much revolves around that of a local, neighbourhood restaurant, with diners set to look forward to plenty of pasta options and some offal, too.

“The menu will consist of the Italian staples we love; handmade tortellini, pappardelle bolognese, fritto misto and tripe in all shapes and sizes,” says Pepperell.

Pellegrino 2000 will see a main dining room located on the ground floor and a wine cellar on the basement level, which will hold more than 1,000 bottles.

“The wine list will be a grand selection of the Italian classics, mostly old
Barolo, old Chianti and a few prized bottles of the greats like Soldera and Valentini,” says Tyson.

On the cocktail front, guests can expect a Harry’s Bar-style bellini, a Negroni, caffe shakerato and a selection of amaro.

There will also be a double-sided espresso bar in the venue, with stools perched outside.

Pellegrino 2000 will open in early January next year.