A bricks-and-mortar bar and eatery from an inner north lasagne delivery service.
After his 1800 Lasagne delivery service rocketed into our culinary consciousness during iso, Joey Kellock has now made good on his plans for a bricks-and-mortar follow-up, opening the doors to his new Thornbury bar and eatery in November.
The warm, Italian-style haunt is low on pretension and filled with charming carryovers from its past life as an old-school pizza joint. A softly lit front bar is all exposed brick arches, timber panelling and curved high-top tables, leading to an intimate dining room through the back and cosy, vine-covered courtyard.
The food offering is short and sweet, kicking off with snacks like garlic bread ($6) and plates of salumi ($9). Two of Kellock's legendary lasagne varieties (both $20) have permanent spots on the menu — the beef and pork combo, and a vegetarian-friendly melanzane (eggplant) version — though you'll also find the odd special. Match your feed with a classic caprese salad ($14), or perhaps the radicchio, fennel and blood orange number ($12).
The Italian vibe extends to the drinks offering, full of things to enjoy either with or without a hefty serve of lasagne in front of you. There's wine from the tap and the bottle, showcasing plenty of Italian varietals, alongside just a couple of beers — draught Menabrea ($7) and tinnies of Sardinia's Ichnusa ($8). Balmy evenings might call for something from the five-strong spritz lineup, while cocktails run to the likes of a negroni bianco ($20), amaretto sour ($20) and classic martini ($20).
Images: Parker Blain