Publico Ristorante is the last of the trio of Italian-inspired gastronomic concepts to open as part of PUBLICO – part of the new Intercontinental’s dining master plan – which also consists of Publico Deli and craft cocktail bar Marcello – two spots we told you about in last month’s Foodie News Flash. Publico Ristorante boasts lust-worthy interiors designed by award-winning design firm AvroKO. The alfresco lounge area beckons for riverside cocktail sipping and the space is buzzing with activity at night (bookings recommended). In the kitchen is Italian Executive Chef Marco Turatti, and on menu – contemporary Italian mains from iberico pork chop, roasted broccolini and onion, bagna càuda dressing ($32) to grilled lamb cutlets ($34) – a hot favourite on the menu – plus homemade pastas of lobster spaghetti ($42). Of course wood-fired pizzas feature heavily on the menu. The likes of Baci e Ricotta pizza ($26) of homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, smoked scamorza, shavings of pork belly and crumbled ricotta or even a Nutella pizza ($20) are made in the open plan pizza ovens at the back.