About the Project

The vision for Secolo was a vibrant and dynamic Italian food experience in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The beating heart of its design was the white Acunto Mario Woodfire Pizza Oven, imported from Napoli and used to produce traditional Napoletana pizza.  Anthony wanted to share a Southern Italian dining philosophy with a very sophisticated Sydney sider as well as making a fun destination for after-work drinks

It was Anthony’s aim to make sure Secolo offered a fresh, produce-driven menu using traditional Southern Italian cooking methods. Creativity and the highest quality local and imported Italian produce was used to craft the signature dishes. It was strictly Southern Italian and this influenced all the food selections, from the Oro coffee and stylish E71 machines, Italian style continental breakfasts, desserts, world-class antipasti, freshly made pasta and the vibrant selection of aperitivo style wines, boutique beers and the classiest of cocktails. Anthony was very serious about quality at this restaurant.

‘Secolo’, which means ‘century’ in Italian, was named after its special location – Legion House which was originally constructed in 1902 by the YWCA and operated as a women’s hostel and outreach service for 60 years. The building is Heritage listed and protected due to its social significance.

The architectural project directed by award winning Renato D’Ettorre Architects designed a light and airy space that focused on creating a seamless sequence of indoor and outdoor dining options which included casual counter seating where you were front row for all the pizza, coffee and cocktail making action, a communal dining table which invited friendly conversation, and a cosy alcove perfect for formal dining and business meetings.

It was also extremely important to have a professional team of wait staff with impeccable customer service and a thorough understanding of the menu, Secolo Dining fast became Sydney’s most sort after Italian dining and social destination.

Sadly COVID brought devastation to most CBD businesses across the globe and Secolo Dining could not escape it.  After 3 years of digging deep, lockdowns, staff shortages, enforcing working from home, low building occupancies, finding new revenue streams, a permanent shift in the way people live and work meant that Secolo could never fully recover from COVID19 but it took with it wonderful experiences, lots of knowledge and beautiful friendships.

Secolo Dining closed as a restaurant in December 2022.

Secolo Presto closed in June 2023.

Location:

Sydney CBD

Dates:

2014 – 2022