Pixie Italian restaurant launched in Byron Bay – hospitality
Restaurateurs James Sutherland and Kim Stephen have teamed up with chef Matteo Tine to open Italian restaurant Pixie in Byron Bay next month.
Located in the new Jonson Lane area of the city, the concept will offer a coastal take on traditional Italian cuisine.
“We noticed a gap in the market for a venue that, while supportive of beach culture, has a level of sophistication that you would expect in Sydney or Melbourne,” says Sutherland.
Tine was recruited as a chef and previously worked with the Grossi Florentino group in Melbourne.
The menu aims to showcase the best of local seafood with refined dishes inspired by Tine’s Sicilian heritage.
“Using local products is the key to cooking real Italian cuisine”, explains the chef.
“My menu will be modern Italian with a vintage twist, which means the flavors will be familiar and authentic as I let the produce shine.”
Dishes include savory fried donuts (sfinci) filled with cacio e pepe sauce topped with air-dried bresaola; Mooloolaba smoked Albacore tonno pastrami and giardiniera and spaghetti alla chitarra with vongole sauce.
The cocktail list was curated by Joe Jones of Romeo Lane in Melbourne, with wines spanning modern and contemporary labels in addition to Italian classics.