Bar Carolina is set to open in October, offering South Yarra locals a contemporary bar and restaurant. The new venue is the latest from Joe Mammone, co-owner of Melbourne CBD venues, Il Bacaro and Sarti, and is the restaurateur’s first venture outside of the city.
Bar Carolina will revive Italian bistro-style dining in the suburb, with Paolo Masciopinto, head chef at Sarti, (ex-Grossi Florentino) serving fish and meat dishes from the Josper charcoal oven.
The menu features traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist; fresh pastas, fresh produce and a contemporary approach will define the menu.
A number of vegetarian options are also on the cards, such as a beetroot-filled ravioli with goats cheese and poppy seeds and an entrée of maple roasted carrots, cashews, pine nuts and fresh cheese.
For seafood and meat-lovers there’ll be dishes like tagliolini with Morton bay bugs, porcini and dried chili and braised baby goat with broad beans and shaved salted ricotta, as well as steaks