With every closed restaurant another opens. Such is the circle of life for Melbourne’s Southgate dining and entertainment precinct along the Yarra River, which thankfully enough, this week gave birth to a new kid on the block, Artusi.

Named after an 18th century Italian culinary author, Pellegrino Artusi, the restaurant is a  modern Italian wine and tapas bar, which brings with it an always-welcome air of sophisticated entertainment and sociability that the dining precinct and surrounding arts centre touts so proudly.

The project of entrepreneurial couple Luis Pampliega and Tamara Volkoff, owners of the much-loved Southgate Italian eatery Tutto Bene that introduced the “Risotteria” concept to Australia, Artusi is their latest project, which brings together a fusion of art, style and food, together with a beautiful view and decor to boot.

With simplicity, authenticity and quality at the core, Artusi features artisan handmade pastas and a mouth-watering selection of delicacies such as a whole roasted duck, suckling pig and fish created from their state of the art wood fired oven – the heart and soul of the kitchen.

At their official opening party in Melbourne recently, the Artusi chefs were put under the pump to produce some tantalising canapés for friends and guests of the restaurant and long-time supporters of the dining precinct.

Welcome to Melbourne, Artusi.


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