Sydney, New South Wales

10 William Street's somewhat incognito shopfront says a lot about its attitude; laid-back and sans the haughty attitude that is part and parcel of other Paddington establishments. The focus here is on fast, tasty Italian food that compliments a niche wine list. Most of the labels are Italian, but there's the odd special bottle from small producers around the world. The restaurant doesn't take reservations - be prepared to wait.

10 William Street
Tel: +61 2 9360 3310
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
10 William Street is the iconic venture of the Paradiso brothers, Enrico and Giovanni – and their partner Marco Ambrosino – whose first venture, Fratelli Paradiso, has become a Potts Point stalwart. Nestled between tiny terraces and boutique shops on a quaint little street in Paddington, this Eastern Suburbs favourite successfully treads the rather narrow middle ground between a trendy restaurant and boutique wine bar.

As you step through the small shopfront entrance, a dark woody interior beckons diners within. Spread over two floors, the space is on the cosy side of intimate and its petite candlelit tables are well-suited for sweetheart wooing and dining with close friends. Knowledgeable accented staff lead diners through an expansive wine list, which pays homage to Italian varietals. Small gestures, such as offering guests a sample of the wine before they try, doesn't go unnoticed. The food menu aligns to the antipasti tradition with small share plates and bar snacks of warm mixed olives (Sicilian, Ligurian and Kalamata) and lightly fried whitebait before moving into meaty main courses.

A light dish of seared tuna fillet on a bed of sweet corn puree is fresh and well-balanced with a crispy fried leek topping, rich balsamic glaze and micro herb salad adding textural allure. The signature Paradiso oxtail ragout and prawn tagliatelle is a reliable pick, but the menu changes daily. The bill mounts quickly, and as portions are not ‘Italian Trattoria' in style it's easy to be dismayed. Nevertheless it's equally as easy to turn a blind eye, swill your Occhipinti SP68 and savour another sip as you revel in the warm ambience.
Sami-Jo Adelman
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Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
One Chef Hat
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - 2014
10 William Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Paddington is ten minutes from the CBD, close to Oxford Street.
Jonathon Barthelmess on 16/12/2014
10 William St Paddington- great food and wine.
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