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Your cellar at Lucio’s – Saturday lunch – Ligurian recipe

Welcome to Lucio’s October 2012 Newsletter

This month we invite you to:

Discover our exciting new initiative from Sommelier, Matteo Galletto: Your Cellar at Lucio’s.

Enjoy a leisurely Saturday lunch while experiencing the best Paddington has to offer.

Read a little history.

Organise your Christmas Party.

Try a delicious Ligurian speciality.

See what our neighbours are up to.

Learn a little more about all that is Lucio’s online.

Your Cellar at Lucio’s

Your Cellar At Lucio's

Drink the wine you’ve been treasuring in a restaurant that will cherish it.

We all love putting special wines away, but when the time comes to drink them, often, the best place to do so in comfort is in your own home. Lucio’s is changing all that.

Bring us your wine and we will design the menu.

From $140 per person, Sommelier Matteo Galletto in consultation with Chef Logan Campbell  will custom design a four course menu to accompany your very special wines.

The price includes expert care & decanting of your wines, bespoke food matching, individually printed personalised menus and Lucio’s legendary service and attention to detail for you and your guests.

This service is offered for a minimum of 6 guests for lunch or dinner Tuesday to Saturday.

Wines must be be advised with at least 48 hours notice.

Reservations subject to availability.

Contact Sally on 9380 5996 or email

Saturdays in Paddington – with lunch at Lucio’s of course

Saturday lunch in PaddingtonFantastic art, eclectic markets and lunch at Lucio’s.

Saturday lunchtime is possibly our favourite time of the week.

Everyone is a little more relaxed, the art galleries are all open, the markets are bustling, the birds are singing, and lunch at Lucio’s is very special.

Come in to enjoy some of Lucio’s great hospitality. An aperitivo and maybe a dozen freshly shucked oysters?  Or simply a bowl of our amazing hand made pasta.   With true Italian style and friendly relaxed service, we are here to look after you.

The Paddington Markets

From 10am rain or shine. Over 200 hundred stalls of diverse fashion, jewellery, art, collectables, kids wear, health & beauty, accessories and more… see the stall holders here

The Art Galleries

The streets and lane ways of Paddington & Woollahra are crammed with some amazing Art Galleries – we have more than 50 in our address book.  You might need a few Saturday visits to get to them all.

See the comprehensive Visit Paddington website for many more ideas on what to see in our charming village.

Neighbourhood Community Garden

Neighbourhood Garden

The little garden in the cul de sac just outside Lucio’s is coming along beautifully. So many afternoons we can hear the excited squeals of young children as they discover with such delight how their very own garden has grown.

Congratulations to our industrious neighbours for bringing a once, little used space back to such vibrant life and engendering such great community spirit.

Lucio and the Art

Hungry Horse Calendar

This month we were saddened by the loss of one of our dear long time friends, well known art critic, Robert Hughes. In 1963, long before Lucio thought of coming to Australia, and long before Robert thought of becoming an art critic, this now famous calendar photograph was taken on the balcony of our Windsor Street building, which, at the time, was known as the Hungry Horse Art Gallery & Restaurant.

The original artists on the balcony were, left to right, Frank Hodgkinson (who died in 2001); Stanislaus Rapotec (1997); Charles Reddington; William Rose (1997); Carl Plate (1977); Colin Lanceley; John Olsen; Leonard Hessing (2004); Robert Klippel (2001); John Coburn (2006); Robert Hughes (2012); and Emanuel Raft.

In serendipitous happenstance, during our nearly 30 years here, we are honoured that all but one of these artists has dined at Lucio’s, be it frequently or infrequently, and many of their works hang on our walls.  Sadly Carl Plate passed away prior to our opening here.

Lucio hosted a memorial lunch here on 25th September for some of Robert’s closest family and friends (including three of the balcony artists), at which he showed the guests one of Robert’s earliest artworks – given to Lucio many years ago (and which we were specifically asked not to hang). It was a rare piece painted before Colin Lanceley convinced Robert to forego the easel and paints and to dedicate his life to writing.

He was a great man, a good friend and he will be missed.

View the 1964 Hungry Horse Art Gallery Calendar