Leave your cares and troubles behind for quality Italian fare served with style in these grand surrounds.

Post may not generate the same level of hype as its State Buildings neighbours, but there’s a real sense of occasion that comes with stepping into the all-day osteria. You could be in New York or Melbourne as sharply dressed staff escort you to your table, explain the menu and provide dedicated cutlery for share plates.

You could be in New York or Melbourne as sharply dressed staff escort you to your table, explain the menu and provide dedicated cutlery for share plates.

Elegant for dinner, Post is an equally good choice for a sophisticated weekend lunch. Whatever the time of day, dishes hit their marks. Slivers of beef carpaccio with capers, parmigiano, rocket and lemon hit a savoury note, spaghetti of sweet, fleshy Shark Bay prawns tossed in vermouth is an exercise in restraint, while rigatoni with guanciale, chilli and tomato makes a hearty choice in the colder months. Risotto with spring peas and scallops, meanwhile, draws envious looks from nearby tables wherever it lands.

The wine list, overseen by Emma Farrelly, is dominated by all-inclusive Italian varietals, while there’s a considered selection of classic beers, spritzes and martinis. There’s marsala, too, soaking into a sweet, boozy tiramisu that just manages to hold its shape under the onslaught.

Within such an elegant space and with a smart and versatile offering, Post generates its own brand of hype worthy of discovery.