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18 / 20

Grossi Florentino

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000 Melbourne

Italian Vegetarian Dessert Gluten-free

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Executive Chef Chris Rodriguez and Chef de Cuisine Matteo Toffano ensure both the inspiration and vision of owner/ chef Guy Grossi are delivered without compromise, so his flagship restaurant Grossi Florentino stays authentic, while also remaining relevant. There are few service experiences delivered with so much panache – from the dedicated stools for bag storage to the seasoning of your wine glasses – in the magnificence of one of Melbourne’s most grandiose dining rooms. The meal gets off to a perfect start with a divine entree of flawlessly executed, astutely seasoned sea scallops, finished off with a lush garnish of lardo, fennel and seaweed crisps. The house-made fettuccine with fresh morels, marjoram, parmigiano reggiano and truffle is a wow dish that instantly connects with one’s deep love of food, while the flavoursome Great Ocean Road duck with Jerusalem artichoke and caponata is innovatively served with a sweet, sour and salty Asian twist in a nicely balanced dish. PSST! Perhaps start your Grossi Florentino experience in the atmospheric Cellar Bar that dates back to 1918 when Samuel Wynn owned it. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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16.5 / 20

Ormeggio at The Spit

D'Albora Marinas The Spit, Spit Road, Mosman, 2000 Sydney

Italian Vegetarian Gluten-free Iberian Dessert

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni brought his northern Italian cuisine to Sydney in 2003, and opened Ormeggio at The Spit in 2009. Head Chef Victor Moya trained in Spain and gained experience at leading restaurants in Europe. The restaurant has a calm, sophisticated atmosphere with comfortable upholstered chairs and noise-minimising carpet. The colours are soft and neutral, so there’s no distraction from the stunning water views. A choice of degustation menus is offered, all featuring beautifully prepared and presented Italian- and Spanish-inspired dishes, such as the yellowfin tuna crudo served with pistachio mousse and crumb and ocean trout roe. The gorgeous combination of flavours and textures highlights the sparklingly fresh, sweet fish. House-made bottoni pasta floats in a delicate clear consommé and explodes in the mouth with a rich parmesan broth. Portions of rich, buttery, medium–rare wagyu are so good that they almost don’t need the pimiento and black garlic garnishes. PSST! Ormeggio offers a number of attractive menu deals, so visit their website for all the latest information. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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16.5 / 20

LuMi Bar & Dining

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, 2000 Sydney

Modern Italian Japanese Gluten-free Dessert

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Bringing technical sophistication with a fusion twist to the traditions of Italian cuisine, the distinctive style of Head Chef Federico Zanellato has attracted a strong respect and following, both among his peers and with the wider dining public. From the comfort of your table, highlighted by the multitude of small lights that inspired the restaurant’s name, watching the duty of care of the dishes being plated in the impressive, large, open kitchen is all part of the experience. Starting with innovative snacks, such as zucchini pancake and kangaroo tart, is a rite of passage at LuMi Bar & Dining. Similarly, superb rye and spelt brioche is a prelude to vibrantly presented tomato and strawberry – a dish of well-judged counterpoints. Moreton Bay bug, beautifully showcased in a multilayered celebration of its flavour and texture, is a perfect segue into the signature agnolotti – a modern take on cacio e pepe. The gorgeous taglioni with mud crab is surpassed by sublime Patagonian toothfish, and duck with more-ish koshikari rice that wows. PSST! LuMi is renowned for hosting collaboration dinners with like-minded chefs representing a diversity of styles and cuisines. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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16 / 20

Pilu at Freshwater

On the beach, Moore Road, Freshwater, 2000 Sydney

Italian Vegetarian Gluten-free

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Giovanni Pilu continues to provide an authentic Sardinian-inspired dining experience and industry-leading wine list. The restaurant has a unique elevated position providing sweeping beach views. Generously spaced tables with clean white linen allow the views to shine and diners to unwind. The menu offers two-, three-, five- and eight-course options. Start with an entree of smoked mullet, delicately dressed with hints of apple and dill, followed by squid ink ravioli of buffalo mozzarella, with the combination of the accompanying sea urchin, salmon roe and grapefruit proving exceptional – a memorable and beautifully executed dish. Mains follow, including the signature hand-rolled fregola risotatta with pearl onions, leeks and wild garlic. This immensely satisfying dish is so good that you won’t want it to end! However, you’ll be quickly won over by the expertly roasted Cowra lamb loin, which is cleverly teamed with the harmonious partners of heirloom eggplants and black garlic. PSST! Desserts include a traditional Sardinian pastry filled with ricotta and sultanas … or perhaps you’ll be tempted by the decadent ‘dessert cocktails’? Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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16 / 20

The Restaurant Pendolino

Shop 100, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412–414 George Street, Sydney, 2000 Sydney

Dessert Gluten-free Italian Vegetarian

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Nino Zoccali is the owner/chef of The Restaurant Pendolino, by way of Calabria in Italy and the kitchens of OTTO, La Mensa and Bel Mondo in Sydney. The Strand Arcade venue provides a perfect backdrop for the elegantly presented and understated decor, with its enticing old-world feel of dark panelling, subdued lighting, exposed brick, linen-covered tables and aperitivo trolley. The classically themed menu – with a focus on prestigious olive oils from Australia and Italy – is structured around measured two-, three- and four-course options and extends to options for both vegetarians and vegans. For entree, a generous serve of luscious burrata is paired with a honey-laced beetroot jelly, pleasingly cut with an in-house secco vinegar. The secondi options offer compelling choices, from milk-braised pork belly, through a seafood odyssey of Spencer Gulf prawns, Port Lincoln sardines, mussels, scallops and calamari to chargrilled quail, served with a richly satisfying potato tortino and deeply flavoured thyme fondo. PSST! Check out the online store for ingredients to reproduce your best dining moments. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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16 / 20

Rosetta Ristorante

Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, 3000 Melbourne

Italian Modern Gluten-free Dessert

UPDATE: In February 2019, Paul Easson was appointed as Head Chef at Rosetta Ristorante. A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Founder of the Rockpool empire and champion of Australian produce, Neil Perry is one of Australia’s most influential chefs. Head Chef Angel Fernandez has been a Perry protégé since starting with him as an apprentice at Rockpool in 1990. The decor, like the food, is sophisticated, luxurious and modern Italian. The large space is adorned with chandeliers, parquetry panelling and lush velvet. Inspired by Chef Perry’s travels in Italy, the menu takes the best of the traditional dishes from across Italy and adds a sublime Perry-esque twist. Start with the tender, smoky, grilled octopus served in a creamy dressed salad with confit potatoes, smoked tomatoes and caperberries. The contrasting flavours and textures dance together in perfect harmony. There is an interesting selection of meat cuts, including hanger steak and a Tajima Wagyu rib eye 7+ that is phenomenal in flavour and texture. The house-made pasta dishes are extremely popular, as are the fabulous desserts. PSST! The Rosetta Room offers one of Melbourne’s most exclusive private dining experiences, complete with a Warhol-inspired version of The Last Supper painting. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide