05 November,2022

Vinny’s brings la dolce vita to Albert Park for summer


A taste of la dolce vita is hitting Albert Park just in time for summer, with the arrival of Vinny’s in November.

Vinny’s is where good food, good drinks, and good times happen with gusto. It’s where the best bits of the sun-drenched Med – pasta, small bites, spritzes, vino – are shared alfresco with friends and a soundtrack direct from the discoteca.

Vinny’s is here for a good time, not a long time; launching on Friday 4 November and sticking around all summer long.

CLG Chief Executive Officer Tim Fitzgerald said the exciting pop-up concept has been designed with the warm weather firmly in mind.

“With summer just around the corner we wanted to create an experience that brings to life the lively spirit of the Mediterranean,” he said.

“It’s all about people gathering together for cocktails and carafes of wine, a bit of food to share, and just enjoying the atmosphere.”

That vision will come to life every day of the week, but particularly at Vinny’s Aperitivo Weekends every Saturday and Sunday which will feature music by a live band or DJ in the courtyard all day and a killer cocktail list with $11 cocktails.

Vinny’s drinks menu has a heavy slant on aperitivo-style cocktails and spritzes, perfectly paired with those hot summer days.

The wine list is suitably unpretentious – mostly Italian wines by Italians, and Italian-inspired wines by Australians – curated with the sole intent of being easy-drinking to fit with the overall casual vibe.

When it comes to creating the food menu, the brief was to provide dishes that perfectly compliment the drinks. It’s all about small bites and stuff to share.

The all-important antipasti menu includes everything you’d expect and a few intriguing surprises. Focaccia, anchovies, oysters, and salumi sourced from the best in the business; plus some Vinny’s signatures including kingfish crudo with ruby grapefruit and pickled jalapeno, and carne crude with anchovies and Pecorino Gran Riserva.

For something more substantial there’s a pasta list where the skew is towards the classic and simple, and mains like succulent grilled prawns, confit salmon, sirloin steak with a zesty salsa verde, and Vinny’s staple veal cotoletta.

“The focus is on simple, traditional flavours brought to life using the best produce we can get our hands on, sourced from like-minded producers who are at the top of their game,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

Vinny’s is the latest incarnation of The Vincent Hotel which was purchased by CLG in June 2022.

The Vincent is one of Albert Park’s grandest heritage hotels. It was originally opened in 1889 as The Albert Park Windsor, and remains a much-loved fixture of the local community, continuing its tradition of delivering the classic Australian pub experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The Vincent
111 Victoria Ave, Albert Park