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Dine With a New Friend at La Vineria

Finding it hard to meet people? La Vineria in Fitzroy has you covered with a recurring weeknight event built around good food and even better company.
By James Shackell
June 07, 2023
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By James Shackell
June 07, 2023
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Finding it hard to meet new people? 90% of new people probably feel the same way. That's why Fitzroy's La Vineria runs 'Dine With a New Friend': a recurring weeknight event built around good food and even better company.

Dine With a New Friend is the brainchild of Vineria's Italian-born owner and chef, Stefano Maffei, who migrated to Melbourne eight years ago and opened Noi Pizzeria in the middle of COVID. Bold move.

After noticing a dire need for connection and community during the pandemic, Stefano started Dine With a New Friend on Wednesday nights at his new restaurant, La Vineria. The event was a hit from the beginning, with over 60 people in attendance. The event has grown over the years, and now features a DJ and dance floor, to give people a better chance to mingle.

La Vineria is also giving away a ticket to Italy as part of Dine With a New Friend. Everyone who attends the event goes into the draw.

Bookings are essential for this one. $40 bucks gets you an Italian prosecco on arrival, main meal and a glass of wine. You can come with friends, or by yourself. Either way, you'll be seated next to new friends at random. No swiping required.

Images: Giorgia Maselli

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