The wealth of wonderful restaurants in Sydney can be a little overwhelming. But if a night out with the one you love is what you seek, then look no further – Pendolino is the place. Atmospheric and quintessentially Italian, it is ideal for a romantic dinner. It’s so dimly-lit the white apron-clad waitstaff will bring you a pen torch to read the menu. Fans of drizzling will fall in love with Chef Nino Zoccali’s expertise on all things olive oil – he is an aficionado of sorts and various drops are poured generously over handmade flour and organic egg pasta and other quality ingredients, like bursting-with-flavour heirloom tomatoes or buffalo mozzarella. From hand-cut pappardelle and veal ragu or rare seared herb and garlic-crusted South Coast yellow fin tuna, this is Italian fare at its finest, and should you fall in love with the good oil, simply head over to the next door boutique, Lolioteca, which stocks vinegar, olives and more Tuscan and Umbrian extra virgins than the Vatican.