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Grossi Florentino

Littered with Italian murals and quintessentially traditional food, this Italian institution has been pumping since '28.
By Gemma Mollenhauer
July 01, 2023
By Gemma Mollenhauer
July 01, 2023

Although it hasn't always been owned by the Grossi family, Florentino has stood at the 80 Bourke Street site since 1928. In that time, it's changed ownership quite a bit, but the sentiment has remained the same: Florentino has always been about authentic Italian dining and great wine. The restaurant has since been split into three parts: the 'Cellar bar', 'Grill' and 'Upstairs'. The Grossi family have been running the show for the past 15 year, and it's still at the top of the list for simple Italian dining in the CBD.

The menu includes antipasti dishes such as pressed octopus with potato capers and agresto, Skull Island prawns with artichoke and rhubarb and Patagonian tooth fish with taragon and celeriac. For a main, order the lobster risotto with saffron and zucchini or the suckling pig with pumpkin and mustard greens.

The wine list Grossi Florentino is so impressive its index is longer than most menus, so we'd suggest you let the in house sommeliers guide you through it. With a strong focus now Ines from Italy, France, Australia and Spain, there is something to match every meal.


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