May 19, 2022

Connie’s Italian Diner is totally prepared for purple sauce-stained evenings backed by soul knowledge and Americano cocktails, after a tough summer season of delays. Opening pragmatic on April 21, the spin-off of Heartbreaker bar’s pizza window will join the Designed within the Shade family, led by Michael and Zara Madrusan, incorporating one other cafe to their beverages-targeted regular.

Departing barely from the first program claimed by Good Meals gadgets in November, Connie’s has morphed from casual pizza and pasta cafe beforehand talked about Heartbreaker right into a venue geared to the any-occasion eating Melburnians actually like.

The modify is partly pushed by chef Matteo D’Elia’s credentials, like Michelin-starred London locations to eat Galvin at House home windows and Bibendum. He’s folded extra common household recipes into the menu’s nostalgia for Italian locations to eat in New York and Australia.

The Tirami-sundae takes the favourite dessert and adds soft-serve.
The Tirami-sundae will take the favorite dessert and gives soft-serve.
Image: Parker Blain

“The main focus is nevertheless on feeling,” says Michael. “However now the meals gadgets has actually ramped as much as match the vibe.”

The Adverse Nonna lasagne, for instance, is based totally on a recipe from Michael’s paternal grandmother, who ran Italian consuming locations in Newcastle. The anchovy zeppole are a contribution of Adrian Corigliano, chef at sister location Bar Margaux, whose mum typically will make the fried rounds of dough.

D’Elia, in the meantime, has added vitello tonnato, lamb rack ‘scottadito’ with peperonata, and cacio e pepe to the 26-dish menu.

A tiled chequerboard bar is part of the venue's jaunty atmosphere, enhanced by mirror balls, a jukebox and a fish tank.
A tiled chequerboard bar is portion of the venue’s jaunty ambiance, enhanced by mirror balls, a jukebox and a fish tank. Picture: Parker Blain

The three pizzas are all deep-dish squares, baked on a conveyor belt oven that was beforehand utilized in a Pizza Hut. A Tirami-sundae sees the popular dessert reimagined, with tongue firmly in cheek.

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Mirror balls are strung all through the 100-seat venue (even within the loos), which screams enjoyment many because of a fish tank, retro movie posters and a jukebox loaded with 80 albums of Motown and soul. A rooftop terrace affords a grill, festoon lights and marble-topped tables.

Cocktails are grouped into highballs, glowing (accessible in pitchers, as properly) and classics, which arrive in 500ml bottles for your complete desk. The property spritz, Il Carretto, mixes amari Cynar and Aperol with pecorino white wine and soda. Wines are all Italian, with a reserve itemizing of barolos and different cellared bottles.

“You ship your actual mates to Connie’s on a Friday night time time,” states Zara. “The people you’ll be able to allow free throughout, share a big bowl of spaghetti with, all those that will wipe the sauce off your chin and can by no means giggle at your dance strikes proper after pragmatic play  meal.”

However, she gives, individuals can happen early for pasta alla norma in a single explicit of the cubicles, and the youngsters will get butchers paper and crayons.

Open up from April 21, Wed-Sat 5pm-late

Upstairs, 234B Russell Road, Melbourne, 03 8413 2970,