Not too many restaurants in Sydney can boast Russell Crowe as a regular, but Otto Ristorante can so keep a look out. The setting isn’t too shabby, either – think white-clothed tables spilling out onto the wooden Finger Wharf, overlooking a flotilla of gleaming white yachts and cashed-up clientele. From cured meats like prosciutto, capocollo, spicy salami, bresaola and ciccioli served with muscatels and rockmelon mustard to thinly-sliced pink snapper with salsa verde, peas and fresh, aromatic herbs, or perhaps a decadent 650-gram crayfish spaghetti doused in brandy, napolitana sauce, cherry tomatoes and baby basil – order with confidence. Service is doting and all dishes are served with classic Italian finesse, even through the chef hails from Prague. It’s one of those restaurants to head to if you feel like a stand-out, no-holds (or expenses) barred meal.