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Happy birthday to us & happy Easter to you

Welcome to Lucio’s March 2013 Newsletter

Happy birthday to us!

Hard to believe –  Lucio’s turned 30 on the 18th January this year.

Many thanks to all of you who have sent such kind wishes & congratulations. We will be celebrating a little later in the year with some amazing events, special dinners and yes, revisiting some of our great dishes from over the years.

Here are a few gentle reminders of the early years. Remember, it was 1983!


We would love hear from anyone with other photos or memories of the time. These walls have so many stories to tell – It may just be another book in the making.

Over the years one of our most loved pastas has always been the Tagliolini alla Granseola. It has been a constant on our menu since 1983. Made daily, in house of course, fine green noodles of spinach pasta are tossed with hand picked blue swimmer crab & a light tomato sauce – what a dish.

Fred Cress

Fred Cress

Speaking of much loved dishes, our art story today is for our dear friend and great artist, Fred Cress, sadly no longer with us, but fondly remembered by the whole team.

Above is a detail of a wonderful painting that Fred gave to Lucio on the 20th anniversary of the restaurant. It features some of the great dishes Lucio was serving at the time, many of which we revisit regularly – they are so good.

In just this small detail you may be able to recognise the whole snapper baked in rock salt, fresh parmesan wedges (those are John Olsen’s hands passing the parmesan to John Coburn), gamberi e fagioli (with real caviar!), raw broad beans & fresh pecorino, and more in Fred’s inimitable style.

This painting hangs proudly above table 9. Do take the time to have a closer look at it next time you are in.

Art Month Gallery Lunch

Gallery Lunch

Visiting our fabulous Paddington and Woollahra galleries during Art Month?

As a very special treat for gallery visitors during the month of March, Lucio’s is offering this delightful Gallery Lunch as the perfect repose during your visit.

Reservations are recommended to secure your table but you are most welcome to just walk in before, during or after your viewings.

We look forward to welcoming you from 12.30pm, with last orders taken at 2.45pm.

Please just mention Gallery Lunch on arrival.

Gallery Lunch Menu @ $38


Pasta of the day

Rocket, radicchio and fennel salad

Il Giglio bolognese bread roll

Available for the whole table only for lunch Tuesday to Saturday.

Your Cellar at Lucio’s


Please consider our exciting new initiative where you bring us a selection of your carefully cellared wines and we will design a special menu to accompany them.

From the starting point of $140 per person we will match four courses with four of your special wines. This service is available for a minimum of 6 guests.

Naturally you are welcome to enjoy more courses, more wines and more guests to a maximum of 18. Additional charges will apply accordingly.

Reservations can be made for lunch or dinner, are subject to availability and seven days notice of the wines is preferred.

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.

Please note this is not a BYO service.

The wines must be of cellaring quality and not available on the Lucio’s wine list.

Contact Sally on 9380 5996 or email

Easter Closing

Buona Pasqua

As always Lucio’s will be closed over the Easter Public Holidays.

Thursday March 28 – open for lunch and dinner.

Friday March 29 – Good Friday – closed.

Saturday March 30 – Easter Saturday – closed.

Sunday March 31 – Easter Sunday – closed.

Monday 1st April – closed.

Tuesday 2nd April – open for lunch and dinner.

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