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Recent awards, new art, a new chef & December bookings

Welcome to Lucio’s October/November 2013 Newsletter

As you may already know, our little family restaurant turned 30 this year. Thank you for all, so much, for your very kind words and congratulations that have poured in via email, telephone and in person. Lucio, Sally, Matteo, Michela and the whole team appreciate it enormously. Grazie mille.

Recent Awards

We have also been dazzled by the amazing support we have received from the food media, with their fantastic reviews and awards, which not only encourage, but celebrate, our longevity and relevance in today’s tenuous dining scene.

One of the “Hottest Classics” in The Australian’s Hot 50 Restaurants

Australian Gourmet Traveller placed us in their Top 100 list

A Sunday Telegraph Editor’s Favourite in their Top 100 list

Two hats awarded by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide

Read more here.

The Hungry Horse Twelve & 30 plates for 30 years

The Hungry Horse

To celebrate our thirtieth year in Paddington, Lucio commissioned this fantastic sculpture, created by John Wright, which now sits on our balcony, a recreation of the famous photograph taken on that very spot 50 years ago, when our building was the Hungry Horse Art Gallery and Restaurant.

Edmund Capon talks about the stable of artists and the 1964 calendar depicting this very image, in the BBC’s The Art of Australia documentary, (first episode aired on Tuesday 22 October, you can catch up on iView. Next episode Tuesday 29 October).

Further to the celebrations,  another fifteen  artists have created another 15 ceramic plates to hang on our walls. This unique collection of 30 is a fascinating mini insight into contemporary Australian art – do come in and have a look.

Locally Famous

Lucio was approached by MasterCard to be a part of their new campaign to champion the perhaps somewhat lesser known local venues to a wider audience of MasterCard holders.

We were, of course, delighted to be a part of it, and they, in turn, have created, an amazing 3 minute video on Lucio and the restaurant which we share with you here. It is a lovely story and they have told it beautifully.

Much to the amusement of his immediate family, Lucio has also been seen on bus stops and posters from Mosman to Leichhardt and who knows where else.

Watch the video here.

Welcome Nicole

And, last but certainly not least, please welcome Nicole Bampton. In the thirty years of Lucio’s we have had the privilege of employing just 3 head chefs. Each one with us for ten years or so. The time came for us all to move on again, and we wished a fond and grateful farewell to Logan Campbell last month, and trust he will enjoy his new adventures in Singapore.

Lucio’s has always promoted from within, and this time is no exception, so we are delighted to appoint Nicole, who has been running the kitchen brilliantly, showing us not only her extraordinary cooking & management skills, but a real feel for, and appreciation of, what Lucio’s is all about. We could not be happier to welcome her to the position of Head Chef.