Tetto di Carolina
A South Yarra bar with an outdoor terrace, live jazz and lots crafty cocktails.
Weren't lucky enough to wrangle an overseas summer holiday this year? Never mind — South Yarra has its own sky-high paradise replete with European vibes. A luxe cocktail bar, Tetto di Carolina is the newest addition to Joe Mammone's celebrated stable (Bar Carolina, Il Bacaro, Sarti).
As its name suggests (it means 'roof of Carolina' in Italian), Tetto is located above its sister restaurant Bar Carolina. And, in the same vein as its siblings, Tetto is also study in sophistication. The intimate Chris Connell-designed space is decked out with terrazzo tiling, warm polished timber and an impressive, six-metre-long walnut bar. Deep leather banquettes are nestled throughout, while an openair terrace — with a retractable roof — overlooks South Yarra.
There's an Italian lean to the food and drinks. The booze is selected by award-winning cocktail bartender Alex Dyzart of London's Bar Three. You'll spy a stack of champagne and sparkling iterations, a tight range of wines from across Australia and Europe, and plenty of crafty signature cocktails like the Copacabana Fizz — starring aged rum, fig leaf and clarified almond — and the gin and and fennel flower Florence Revival.
From the kitchen comes a smart lineup of plates designed to be enjoyed beside a drink. Think Italian-style fried chicken with fennel slaw on brioche, pine-smoked mussels in a sweet vermouth and butterbean sauce, savoury cannoli filled with duck liver parfait and Sicilian doughnuts crafted with chestnut flour and roasted hazelnuts.
To round out your European adventure, there'll even be a program of live performances, headlined by some of Melbourne's most respected jazz musicians.
Images: Kristoffer Paulsen