The Florentino is one of Melbourne's most famous and enduring restaurants. Generations of Australians have met, conversed, done deals and partied within its impressive surroundings.
This history of The Florentino is intertwined with Melbourne's history, and with the history of Italian migration to Australia and its influence on local culture and eating habits. Beginning in 1900 as a wine cafe at the wrong end of town, it developed into a fine dining establishment that became the place to be seen. One of the first cafes in Melbourne to offer espresso coffee and homemade pasta, what became Grossi Florentino is now considered the city's best Italian restaurant. Its clientele has included prime ministers and politicians, corporate leaders, artists, writers, musicians, journalists and socialites, many of whom share their memories and anecdotes in these pages.
About the Author
Guy Grossi is an icon of Italian cooking in Australia. He is the owner and head chef of renowned Melbourne restaurant Grossi Florentino, and owner of Mirka at Tolarno Hotel in St Kilda, Merchant Osteria Veneta in Melbourne's Rialto complex and Grossi Trattoria in Bangkok. Recognised as the country's leading authority on Italian cuisine, he has appeared on television programs such as MasterChef Australia, is a judge on My Kitchen Rules and co-hosts Italian Food Safari, as well as writing a weekly column for the Sunday Herald Sun. Guy's restaurants consistently win accolades but the thing that gives him the most joy is the satisfaction of a hungry diner.
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 2nd July 2007
Dimensions (cm): 24.9 x 25.0 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 24.9