Italian seafood restaurant Sala takes over former Pyrmont Wharf site of Flying Fish

The original home of the Harborside Flying Fish restaurant is about to be reborn. Sala restaurant will open there in October, a joint venture between chef Danny Russo and Flying Fish owner Con Dedes.

When Flying Fish moved to The Star in 2018, Chuuka – a mix of Japanese and Chinese – launched into space in 2019, but never fully established itself as a local dining staple. It closed last year.

Russo and Dedes will return to the strengths of the site by opening an Italian seafood restaurant in the historic waterfront space.

The site of Pyrmont at the time of the Flying Fishes. Photo: Supplied

It’s a smart move, with Sydney having lost many of its harborside seafood restaurants. “We thought there was a void in the market,” says Russo. “The whole idea is built around putting the best Australian seafood on the plate.”

Russo also revealed that Sala’s head chef will be Michael Lewis. “He works at the Ant restaurant in Italy,” Russo explains. “It will be back in September, ready for launch.”

Dishes will include a signature that Russo has refined in a career that includes The Beresford and, in recent years, restaurant consultancy. “We did a tasting and Danny’s squid ink tortellini on tomato sugo sticks in my mind,” adds Dedes. “It goes on the menu.”

Russo and Dedes, who have known each other for 30 years, have spoken several times about opening a restaurant together. There was simply too much serendipity this time around to pass up the opportunity to restart a popular Sydney restaurant site.

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