“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 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。