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 TUTTO BENE – MELBOURNE

It’s been a big year for multi award-winning Italian restaurant and gelateria, Tutto Bene. Melbourne’s beloved risotteria has again won the respected Best Italian Restaurant at the 2017 Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) Awards for Excellence.

 This is the sixth time Tutto Bene has won this award, cementing its position as one of Melbourne’s most consistently applauded eateries. The award adds to a successful run for the restaurant, which launched a series of sell-out risotto masterclasses over winter and completed a major renovation and expansion in 2015.

 Owners Luis Pampliega and Tamara Volkoff have run Tutto Bene since it first opened in 2004.

 “We feel very lucky that we’re continuing to be recognised by our industry. After twelve years in business, it’s not easy to maintain this level of regard and we couldn’t be more proud of the entire team – a true reflection of the hard work and passion they bring on a daily basis,” says Luis.

 “But of course it’s what our customers think that matters most. We would not be successful without our amazingly loyal clientele.”

Tutto Bene’s menu, which is always an impressive mix of classic and seasonal Italian dishes, is full of new creations thanks to Head Chef, Nathan Scarfo’s, recent trip back to his family roots in Italy.

“I’ve returned from my trip inspired. My family have a little farm in the south of Italy. Cooking there is simple, raw and uncomplicated. Every piece of produce has a million uses,” he says.

This approach has brought about an array on new dishes that incorporate Tutto Bene’s no-wastage approach. New seasonal dishes are incorporating every element of produce, with highlights including freshly shucked oysters with peach Bellini granita, carrot arancini with edible soil, lemon spaghettini with blue swimmer crab, basil pesto and pistachio and fried zucchini flowers with roast pumpkin, peppitos and mustard fruit. Everyone’s favourite risotto dishes remain on the menu, with some varieties campaigned for by customers resulting in four risottos never leaving the menu since opening in November 2004.

The Italian summer cocktail menu includes a range of signature aperitifs such as the Tutto Bene Mule (vodka, lime juice, Nonnina grappa, ginger ale and mint) and Terrazza Campari (Campari, orange and pink grapefruit juice). These delicious cocktails are only $10 during happy hour (3pm-5:30pm daily) and $15 all other times.

Excitingly, Tutto Bene’s award winning gelato is transforming for the holidays with festive gelato flavours including ginger bread, pavlova and trifle, available from 1-27 December.

The Tutto Bene restaurant is open seven days, until late. Bookings can be made by calling the restaurant on 03 9696 3334. Bookings for Christmas and New Year’s functions are filling fast, call or email admin@tuttobene.com.au to ask for a function pack.

**information & Images Courtesy of Tutto Bene/Fuller PR

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Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

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Read on for info on Hosting End of Year Functions, New Year’s Eve etc…

As the weather warms up, the Tutto Bene Terrazza really comes to life and the picturesque view is at its finest. Whether you’re enjoying a casual afternoon aperitivo with one of their Italian inspired cocktails, or hosting your office’s end of year function, it is the perfect dining location. And Tutto Bene will happily tailor an event to suit your needs.

For those looking to welcome the New Year in style – with one of the best views of Melbourne’s fireworks – then Tutto Bene’s New Year’s Eve package is perfect. It includes a cocktail on arrival, four courses including drinks, and a glass of champagne when the clock strikes 12. Bookings are for 8:30pm, 31 October and cost $220pp for indoor seating or $180pp outdoor seating.

The recent Savour award adds to a slew of other Australian and International awards for Tutto Bene both as an Italian restaurant and for their house made olive oil and gelati, including Gold at prestigious Los Angeles County Fair for their house made extra virgin olive oil bottle design. Meanwhile, their Ferrero Rocher and Limoncello Orange Ripple gelati have won Gold at both the Royal Melbourne Fine Food and Sydney Royal Produce Shows.

The Savour Australia Hostplus Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that recognises exceptional service and culinary talent across Australia.

 Tutto Bene is located on the mid level of Southgate Melbourne, facing out over the Yarra River, above the Ophelia mosaic statue on the promenade.