Marta is a restaurant in Rushcutters Bay, focused on bringing culina Romana, the traditional cuisine of Rome to Sydney.
The Italian restaurant focuses on using fresh Australian produce to make some delicious dishes, whether it be gnocchi, lasagne, pappardelle, parmigiana, porchetta or even osso bucco. They also have a great range of wines and spritzers.
Unfortunately due to the Covid19 restrictions, you cannot dine in, but takeaway is available. Marta has also turned into a weekend a Roman bakery. They’ve got plenty of loaves of bread (from grain to rye and olive), as well as focaccia paninis or pizzettas. The sweets counter has decadent cream buns, cannoli, and ricotta or custard filled pastries.
It is open very Saturday and Sunday from 9am. We were there about 8:45 and the line already had 10 people deep. Don’t stress, people are pretty good at social distancing. We was keen on savoury but after the 30 minute wait or so, they had only brought mostly sweet stuff. The staff said more savoury foods would be made about an hour later.
We tried the sfogliatelle, a flaky and extremely crispy. So much so, this would have won the crunch test on Masterchef. The crunchy outer shell shaped pastry was filled with prosciutto and house-made ricotta. We also tried the sweet version with ricotta and an orange rind filling, in the same crispy casing, sprinkled with icing sugar. Our friends got the custard buns, brownies and cake. These are honestly some of the best baked goods around.
We also had our heart set on paninis, so returned and hour later. We got in the line and waited another 45 minutes. By the time we reached the front, the last one was bought by the person in front of us. Hugely disappointed. Although we wanted it and the pastries were delicious, the line just moves too slowly. The staff aren’t slow, they’re running around bringing all the new stuff out of the oven. But the processes don’t work. By the time the customer gets to the front, they spend forever deciding on what to buy, resulting in a very long wait. They people before us must’ve been asking questions for about 10 minutes.
We would recommend online preorders, or a menu being handed out with what’s on offer or even just a blackboard so people can decide before getting to the counter. The process was super annoying for us (and we were super patient).
I like that the venue has improvised to keep staff employed and changed their business model to survive. Marta certainly has delicious food, but does the wait outweigh it? Undecided. Also, each pastry is approximately $7 or more, so bring your pennies.
They sell our easily, but also have a gelato cart if you still need that sweet hit.
30 McLachlan Ave
Takeaway and delivery (Tues-Sun)
(02) 9361 6641.