Pasta is the ultimate comfort food and Bar Machiavelli does it well. A large, impressive space with a generous bar area, it’s the sister restaurant of the established Sydney CBD dining icon, Machiavelli. The focus is on antipasti and pasta, with much of the pasta handmade onsite. They score extra points for having a good distance between the tables. There’s nothing more irritating than having a long overdue chat with friends and feeling like the table next to you is almost on top of you. Spaghetti di casa alla Machiavelli (a dish of king prawns, mushroom, garlic, fresh chilli and basil) was a winner. Read more about the story and team behind the restaurant here. Open from 6pm till late, Monday to Friday and from 4pm till late on Saturday. 10 Nield Ave, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Visit their site which also takes online bookings here.