Rustic in the city PDF Print E-mail
BY KAMI RAMINI   

Casa Ciuccio celebrates real food, simply.

It’s not like Melbourne’s Gertrude Street needed another great restaurant. But it’s got one.

Casa Ciuccio is the latest opening from the team behind iconic Bar Lourinha and, with that same European feel of va-va-voom, it secured itself a spot on the ‘must-do’ list pretty much as soon as it opened.

‘Ciuccio’, meaning donkey in the Neapolitan dialect of Italy, is a rustic, unabashed celebration of real food simply, deliciously and traditionally prepared. Think veal rib on the bone cooked in the ‘coal pit’ or Northern king prawn with smoked chilli and lemon from the char-grill. Para picar (to bite) options are all firmly rooted in the Med too, with mussels and chorizo, fiore di burrata (soft, smooth mozzarella-like cheese), and free range prosciutto all on the list.

Drinks-wise, the wine list is well constructed and largely local, with a scattering of old world names, all designed to complement the food. Spirits are a star too (gin a clear winner with 14 bottles to choose from) while pre-dinner drinks and cocktails are good for a tipple too.

Dining options are varied and fitting for every occasion. Try a table under the shade of the umbrellas in the courtyard or up at the bar, for a view of the pans. The Picar Bar is a great spot for casual dining while there’s the private dining room for groups and functions.

Yep – there’s no doubting it. Gertrude Street was great before, but with Casa Ciuccio, it’s even better now.

What: Casa Ciuccio
Where: 15 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Website: www.casaciuccio.com.au
Price range: Mid

 



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