by Alana Saphin in Cool Travel on Saturday 24 December 2011

A new love has seen me spend more and more time in Sydney’s Deep South, Cronulla, and consequently, I’ve been watching with interest the stylish refurbishment of the suburb’s iconic Old Library. A project two years in the making for Mario Kalpou, this place is set to revolutionize the beachside suburb’s food and entertainment scene.

Launching earlier this month, The Old Library’s interior offers an understated sophistication that borders on homely, with some beautifully quaint old-school library features cleverly intertwined. The attention to detail is striking, right down to the restoration of original windows and subtle logos on the Arancini Ball paper. This is a destination restaurant with a delectable, rustic Italian menu: think quail and duck, stuffed zucchini flowers, and prawn and chilli pasta.