Since opening in October 2023, Amalfi-inspired Nico Restaurant has quickly become a Lower North Shore favourite. Located in Cammeray, Italian-born Chef Nicola Ronconi’s vision blends fine dining with homestyle cooking, focusing on the freshest seasonal ingredients. When you visit, you’ll quickly understand why this establishment is popular among the locals.

Ciao Pasta Tuesday

This winter, the restaurant has introduced ‘Ciao Pasta Tuesday’, where guests can indulge in a comforting plate of select pasta paired with a glass of wine for just $29. The pasta options change weekly, but some highlights to look out for include Cacio e Pepe, Pasta Norma, and Aglio e Olio with caviar.

Ronconi, previously the Corporate Executive Chef at Fratelli Fresh, makes his debut as an independent restaurateur, showcasing his Italian roots and love for quality produce in every dish at Nico.

The regular menu, featuring innovative starters, fresh pasta, beautifully created seafood dishes, and delicious desserts, presents an enviable challenge in decision-making. The open kitchen and banquet seating create a convivial atmosphere where Ronconi’s rich cultural heritage and global culinary experience shine.

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Hokkaido scallop carpaccio, pickled fennel, orange and finger lime and Sicilian cannolo with salmon and flying fish roe.

Nico menu highlights

It’s difficult to pick a favourite at Nico, but there are certainly several standout dishes including the Tiger Prawn cigar, with basil and salsa rosa, the Sicilian cannolo with salmon and flying fish roe and the Hokkaido scallop carpaccio, pickled fennel, orange and finger lime. For mains, the Spaghetti, Donnybrook live-caught marron, saffron with basil or the Black Opal wagyu flank tagliata with salsa verde come highly recommended.

There’s always room for dessert, and you can’t go past the irresistible and creative sNICkers or the zesty lemon tiramisu—a modern twist on a beloved classic.

Hats off to Chef Ronconi and his staff, as the food and service is impressive.

Dessert: Lemon Tiramisu and sNICkers – a playful take on ‘Nico’ – made with chocolate mousse and peanut butter ice cream.

Nico is conveniently located in Cammaray Square, so if you’re driving, take advantage of the free, two-hour parking located in the centre. Alternatively, there is also timed street parking along Amherst Street.