Cosi Bar Ristorante

    Melbourne Italian institution Cosi Bar Ristorante has relaunched in its original home of 68 Toorak Road South Yarra on the 28th of October 2019 with an updated look and feel, welcoming back its loyal customers as though they never really left.

    New owners Omar El Deek and brothers Giacomo Pietrantuono and Donatello Pietrantuono, also behind Cucinetta in South Yarra, saw this as their biggest and most exciting venture yet, showcasing their ability to rebrand and rebuild one of South Yarra’s most loved restaurants.

    The trio arrived in Melbourne seven years ago where Omar and Giacomo met while working at Caffe e Cucina and quickly became key figures in the restaurant for close to five years, playing an integral role in the venue’s rebrand.

    “Cosi Ristorante has been an institution for 23 years, we’re excited to re-open the doors and welcome back the South Yarra community and neighbouring suburbs to enjoy it once more,' said Omar El Deek owner of Cosi Ristorante and Cucinetta Melbourne.

    The new Cosi is classic, homely, comfortable and has maintained aspects of its original version. Each table inside is covered in white tablecloths, like the restaurants in Italy and wait staff will be dressed in clean, crisp white shirts again tapping into tradition.

    The rich colour palette featuring browns and a mix of dark green hues, black, white and gold accompanied with the use of iron, leather and wood gives the revamped space a sophisticated and cosy atmosphere.  

    The refurbished space is appropriate for all occasions, a casual drink at the bar, an Aperol in the outdoor courtyard or settling into the custom booths for an intimate meal. Just in time for the warmer months the revamped outdoor courtyard will also house its own dedicated bar and host live acoustic music on the weekends.

    When diners aren’t enjoying some live music in the sun, they can expect an authentic offering of old meets new on Cosi’s menu. Drawing inspiration from its sister eatery Cucinetta, the menu focuses on showcasing the best of Italian dining while also creating an honest and comfortable environment where the food does the talking.

    In keeping to Italian tradition, the menu is segmented into antipasti, primi piatti, secondi and dolci - while the menu encourages sharing, it isn’t essential. A selection of standout dishes including the Beef Carpaccio, Calamari, Linguine alla Marinara, Cotoletta alla Milanese and Tiramisù.

    The cocktail list features all the great Italian classics, think Aperol Spritz, Campari and Negroni.

    Wine lovers won’t be disappointed either with a curated wine list designed by owner and sommelier Giacomo focusing on Italian and Australian varietals

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