“We fol­low the sea­son, not the fash­ion.


They say that the deeper a jewel lies be­neath the sur­face, the more pre­cious it is. Per­haps that’s what makes Lu­cio’s Ital­ian Restau­rant so beloved as you need to delve deep and go be­yond the bustling city cen­tre to nd this gem. In an era ruled by min­i­mal­ism, Lu­cio’s of­fers a fan­tas­ti­cally orig­i­nal din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a stun­ning set­ting of art- lled walls, ve star ser­vice and unique Ital­ian cui­sine hail­ing from the shores of north­ern Italy. 座落於悉尼時尚街區Padding­ton內一條靜謐小道,米黃色低調別緻小屋內別有一番風致,穿過現實走入了一個奇幻又精緻的美食藝術時空。

“This is not a job nor a busi­ness, this is my life,” says restau­rant owner, Lu­cio Gal­letto. From a fam­ily of restau­ra­teurs in the coastal re­gion of Lig­uria, the kitchen is both his birth­place and home. Bring­ing his deep her­itage of recipes and crafts­man­ship, Lu­cio moved to Aus­tralian in 1981 and opened his first restau­rant in Bal­main where the unique flavours of Lig­urian culi­nary quickly cap­tured the hearts of Syd­ney-siders. To­day, Lu­cio’s Ital­ian Restau­rant re­sides in the heart of Padding­ton, where Lu­cio and his team are cel­e­brated for both their out­stand­ing culi­nary and end­less con­vivi­al­ity.

“The peo­ple who walk through the door are the guests in my home, and they are treated just like fam­ily,” Lu­cio as­sures us. Guests are wel­comed into a warm and homey am­bi­ence - the sooth­ing sounds from the hum­ming kitchen, the scent of sim­mer­ing gar­lic and herbs dis­pers­ing in the air, it feels like walk­ing into a close friend’s home. The only dif­fer­ence is that here you’re guided by im­pec­ca­bly uni­formed and highly pro­fes­sional staff. Beau­ti­ful hand-se­lected paint­ings are scat­tered across the beige-washed walls, form­ing a col­lec­tive gallery that tell the story of Lu­cio and the restau­rant. Ac­cord­ing to Lu­cio, there is noth­ing quite as per­fect as din­ing amidst beau­ti­ful art.

Lu­cio’s Ital­ian Restau­rant is built on an un­fal­ter­ing tra­di­tion of Lig­urian cui­sine, and this gen­er­a­tions-long her­itage is what with­stands the fastchang­ing trends of con­tem­po­rary din­ing. The restau­rant’s motto is justly fa­mous: “We fol­low the sea­son, not the fash­ion.” With the help of head chef, Ge­orge, the menu fea­tures spe­cial sea­sonal up­dates, but pre­serves the tra­di­tional flavours and tech­niques of Lig­urian food. “We have two sig­na­ture in-house pas­tas that have been on the menu since day one - 35 years ago. And that won’t change in my life­time.” says Lu­cio.

Lu­cio’s has a long-held rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lent Ital­ian cui­sine, earn­ing nu­mer­ous awards over the years in­clud­ing: top 50 restau­rants in the Aus­tralian news­pa­per for 2013, two hats in the SMH Good Food Guide, one star and two wine glasses in the Gourmet Trav­eller Restau­rant Awards, and the Insegna del Ris­torante Ital­iano, pre­sented by the Ital­ian Pres­i­dent.

Din­ing at Lu­cio’s is an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence - def­i­nitely some­thing to put on your to-do list when you’re vis­it­ing Syd­ney!

Lu­cio's 餐廳主人 Lu­cio Gal­letto 來自意大利中北部靠海的漁村,祖輩經營傳統意式海鮮餐館,秉承著幼時長輩的教導,那就是「最好、最新鮮的食材都要留給客人」,三十多年前 Lu­cio 決定把傳統意大利美味帶到悉尼,「一直以來,餐廳使用的所有食材都由我親自從農場挑選,保證食物品質和鮮度」, nd他說。

Lu­cio's 餐廳,從大門經過通道到廚房,牆上掛著上百張風格各異的藝術畫,或現代抽像,或古典神秘,或有趣誇張,或寫實樸素。各類藝術品如盤中精緻的菜餚,同樣吸引著慕名而來的賓客。

Lu­cio 介紹說,所有藝術品都是精心挑選,收藏了世界和本地知名藝術家的作品,其中掛在餐廳最顯眼處的一副抽像藝術畫,就是一位藝術家就餐後靈感湧動,以 Lu­cio's三十多年一直保留的招牌菜黑手帕意大利海鮮面即興創作的作品。


Lu­cio's 的主廚喬治曾是餐廳的學徒,「離開 Lu­cio's 後,我曾在法國和日本高級餐廳任廚,再回到Lu­cio's 時我加入了一些新鮮的靈感和元素,在不改變傳統下,組成現在的菜單。」 據說,澳籍名攝影師David Dale曾利用 Lu­cio's 餐廳菜單作為設計內容,出了5本地中海美食書籍。

悉尼的午後,金黃色的陽光彷彿將牆上和桌上的藝術品融為一體,整個餐館展現著一種既典雅又魔幻的現代藝術感。或許就是這樣的感覺,「自 Gough Whit­lam 起至今的每一任澳洲總理都到過 Lu­cio's 用餐」,悉尼美食評論網 Broad­sheet如此記載。

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