Melbourne’s ‘Bortolotto family’ have created a succession of modern Italian restaurants where food, wine, service and atmosphere blend beautifully together.

It began with the Bortolotto’s Café Menis in Fitzroy Street St Kilda. This epitomised the revolution that swept Melbourne’s food and wine world in the late 80s and 90s that saw footpath dining legalised.

In 1998 Lloyd Williams approached Olimpia Bortolotto and the family to take over Cecconi’s at Crown Casino. The grand venue on the Yarra suited their creative vision and energy perfectly. Cecconi’s at Crown rapidly became known around the world for its food, style and service.

In 2006, the family moved to Cecconi’s Flinders Lane where it’s still in full service today.

“Everything you want from a large sophisticated city restaurant is right here: atmosphere, admirable service, a menu long enough to allow for real choice, an expansive drinks list, flattering lighting, carpets and tablecloths to ensure that sound levels are low enough for a proper conversation. There’s even environmental awareness, and sometimes fruit and vegetables from the Bortolotto family farm. And did we mention the bar that’s open for breakfast onwards? This is Italian, but leans towards innovative modern.”

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