It is impressive that, irrespective of a growing media profile, Guy Grossi can still be seen working at his flagship restaurant, ably assisted by Executive Chef Chris Rodriguez. The mesmerising gallery of Napier Waller murals sets the scene for one of Melbourne’s most magnificent dining rooms. However, it is the genuine passion underpinning the service philosophy that brings the beautiful art to life.
The foundations of traditional Italian cuisine are honoured with a refinement that does not compromise the heart and soul of the dishes. Taglierini is flecked with fennel, and served with impossibly tender yabbies and distinctively flavoured tomatoes. A transcendent vodka sauce enhances the lush mouthfeel of the dish. Berkshire pork is a masterclass in matching harmonious flavours. It comes with crisp crackling, dots of black pudding, pumpkin puree, pine nuts, apricots and cider.
PSST! There has been a restaurant at this location since 1897 – read all about the site’s fascinating history on the Grossi Florentino website.