Winter Music Line Up Released
The cold has settled in, the red wine is flowing and the pasta is hot! Time to release our full Music Line Up for Winter Sunday Sessions at Vaporetto.
We have 6 talented groups performing on a rotating roster throughout the Winter months and hope you can join us from 2pm - 5pm every Sunday to check them out.
Spring Music Line Up Released!
As the sun starts to shine, and the flowers begin to bloom, we are excited to announce our line up for Spring Sunday Sessions at Vaporetto.
We have 6 talented groups performing on a rotating roster throughout the Spring months and hope you can join us from 2pm - 5pm every Sunday to check them out.
We are very proud to announce that Vaporetto Bar and Eatery has been awarded 2 glasses by Australian Wine List of the Year awards 2019!
A rarity in the increasingly crowded Italian wine list market in Australia, here we have a list largely devoted to the wines of the Veneto region from its world-class sparklings, its world-beating proseccos and its classic white wines made from the corvina grape and the one-and-only amarones and valpolicellas. Where to start! Well, a Bellini cocktail would make sense or a Vaperol Spritz, maybe, or a Venetian or Italian beer or Italian wine on tap. It's not all Veneto's way however with the rest of Italy well-represented, and a small slice of Aussie makers the owners like, including those working with Italian grape varieties, names like Pizzini, Chalmers, La Prova and Sam Miranda.
2019 Trip advisor Certificate of Excellence!
All the staff are very proud to announce we have achieved a certificate of excellence from trip advisor! Its nice to see our hard work recognised within the industry and we thank all of our fabulous customers for reviews they may have posted and continued support.
Mother's Day 2019
On Sunday the 12th of May we celebrated our fourth Mother's Day at Vaporetto with a beautiful 4-course menu created by Greg Feck and Soon Lim. It was a big day and we certainly hope all of the special mum's enjoyed it! THANK YOU to everyone for joining us - Mothers, kids & friends and thank you to Robert Rothko for providing beautiful music on the day.
We gifted each mum our signature Fig and Quince jam as a token of appreciation for all that they do! You can find our recipe for a Fig and Quince Tart to use it by following the link here.
Vaporetto turns 3!!
It's been three years since we opened the big blue doors on our 'little slice of Venice in the heart of Hawthorn'
We'd like to thank each and everyone of our customers for the constant love and support over this time, and look forward to the journey ahead with you all.
To our suppliers, friends and families, THANK YOU!
Turning the tables!
During the month of April Vaporetto Bar and Eatery will be proudly supporting 'Turning The Tables' in association with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
'Turning The Tables'a aims to grow funds awareness for the organisation on a mission to help Australian children grow, harvest, prepare and share their own food, all while having fun.
At Vaporetto Bar and Eatery we will be adding an optional $1 donation per person in support of this amazing foundation.
Have you heard about Spritzmas at Vaporetto? Or do you perhaps remember the fun from previous years?
Spritzmas is an annual Christmas tradition at Vaporetto, where we create a special advent calendar of Spritzes. There will be a different Spritz special every day of December, leading up to Christmas. We will be decking out the whole restaurant with Christmas decorations, the star of which is our glorious Spritzmas tree.
Be sure to come and try and Spritz or two and take a cheeky photo in front of our Spritzmas Tree. If you invite us to follow you, post it on social media, tag us and use #merryspritzmas, you'll go in the draw to win lots of fantastic prizes - including a giant bottle of Aperol and $10 Aperitivo Hour prices for you and a friend through January!
Spring Menu Launches
Now that it is finally warming up, we are very excited to announce our new Spring Menu has launched! We have updated our eatery, cicchetti and dessert menus with fresh flavours, drawing inspiration from Venice's fascinating history. We have also launched our new cocktail and wine list - with original cocktails and fresh twists on the classics.
Autumn Music Line Up Released
Now that the leaves have started to fall we are pleased as punch to release our full Music Line Up for Autumn Sunday Sessions at Vaporetto.
We have 7 talented groups performing on a rotating roster throughout the Autumn months and hope you can join us from 2pm - 5pm every Sunday to check them out.
Breakfast at Vaporetto!
Vaporetto Bar and Eatery recently trialled its ‘Venetian Breakfast Dining Experience’, this was a breakfast like no other. Vaporetto created a unique opportunity for our customers to enjoy ‘proper dining’ between 8am-12 noon instead of 8pm-12 midnight. We also served a selection of top notch 'breakfast booze' with a curated breakfast cocktail list... This opportunity has now finished.
This was a new breakfast dining concept and it was always seen as a trial to see how people received it. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, we are all very proud of the great feedback and press it received, but it was just not popular enough at this time to continue permanently. We look forward to a time in the future when we can continue it!
National Top 10 for Dinesmart
Every year Vaporetto participates in Dinesmart, which is an initiative of StreetSmart - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the growing amount of homeless people in Australia. In 2017, the Dinesmart campaign ran from November 24th - December 24th, and with your help we raised over $4,500! Vaporetto was listed in the national top 10 contributors for 2017! We want to thank our wonderful customers - your generosity has helped change lives!
New Drink List
Our new drink list has rolled out and we have 20 new exciting wines from Australia and Italy, as well as a great new selection of cocktails for you to try out!
Vaporetto's 2nd Birthday
On Sunday April 22nd, we celebrated our 2nd birthday!
Thank you to everyone that celebrated this milestone with us, and we want to thank all of our amazing customers and regulars that have supported us over the last 2 years.
Venice "Research" Trip 2018
Vaporetto's senior crew Kim, Greg, Dave, Andrea and Soon have just returned from a magical week in Venice. They were there in the midst of Carnivale and experienced the amazing beauty of the city and the incredible hospitality of the locals. None moreso than Ruggero the head chef and owner of Trattoria al Gatto Nero on the island of Burano (pictured left). He is an absolute local legend and has worked there for over 52 years cooking the most sublime seafood on the island.
“A wine list to transport you to the canals of Venice. Venetian wines take pride
of place here, but these are well supplemented by local efforts using Italian varieties and some more traditional offerings from around the country.
There is also a first class collection of spirits, beers and assorted Italian delicacies.”
Vaporetto Receives Write-Up on Urbanlist
"With its washed-out pastel timber, old-school lettering and masquerade masks on the wall, Vaporetto has an excellent vibe: somehow chilled and bustling at the same time. A little slice of the Grand Canal, right here in Melbourne."
Best New Restaurant 2016
Every year we raise money for homeless people in our local community by contributing to the DineSmart campaign. DineSmart is an initiative of StreetSmart, which is a not-for-profit oraganisation so the best thing is that 100% of all the donations go directly to the cause. Thank you to our wonderful customers and congratulations team!
Vaporetto listed in Top 50 Bars in The Age Good Food Guide 2017
"Imported shutters, sprangly Murano glass chandliers and a long slab of white Carrara marble bring Venice within touching distance of Hawthorn. You're eating Harry's Bar-style toasties filled with prosciutto and emmenthal and drinking a twist on Aperol spritz with mandarin liqueur."
Vaporetto wins the People's Choice Award for Best New Bar 2016 in Concrete Playground's Melbourne's Best Awards
What a way to round out our inaugural year! Thank you to everyone who voted for Vaporetto in Concrete Playground's Awards. We were honoured to be nominated and blown away to take out the People's Choice award.
You can view the other winners by following the link here.
"Warmly greeted and quickly seated by the open kitchen - the solo diner's low-phone battery entertainment - where a half dozen chefs quietly get on with the business of shucking to order oyters and turning out daily changing arancini and plates of pasta and good things from the grill..."
"It's an open kitchen so there's no hiding. At peak times there are five chefs all performing a beautifully choreographed dance around the kitchen. There's intensity and a lot of hard work going on — but there's also laughter and appreciation for one another's efforts. This is a team who has worked together for a long time. They know exactly what's going on in each section and it all comes together with ease..."
"Vaporetto offers about five whites, five reds and three sparklings by the glass - all imported from Italy, or produced here in Australia from Italian grapes. And then there's the TAP. Wines system, which was installed at the Hawthorn restaurant when it launched in February this year. The wine on tap system currently offers three varietals: sangiovese, rose and pinot grigio, with prosecco being added on in the near future..."
BYO Vino every Monday at Vaporetto
Fancy a night out with your favourite wine? Got a beautiful bottle you have been saving for a special occasion and need some excellent food to match?
Vaporetto is now holding BYO night on Mondays so you can sit back and relax with good company and your favourite vino absolutely corkage charge free!
"Vaporetto, Melbourne's Venetian-style wine bar, doles out vitamin C the Italian Way... inspired by Rocky Balboa, it's a blend of classic Italian ingredients with a real kick..."
"Vaporetto really hits a sweet spot in Hawthorn, absolutely breaking every Italian restaurant cliche. The food is vibrant, full of flavour - and quite unexpected (I mean spanner crab and polenta?). The atmosphere is warm and cosy and hospitality is true Italian style - like you’re in their home. Could you ask for much more?..."
"Vaporetto isn’t work for me, it’s more of a love affair. It’s easy for me to get out of bed in the morning. I’m very inspired about what I’m doing. We keep it very simple. We try and work with as many local producers as possible. We make all our pasta fresh daily which is quite hard to keep on top of. I think it’s something we are very passionate about Not just myself, but all the boys in the kitchen..."
"Vaporetto is a revelation. Looking out to a carpark bordered by the swimming pool, Coles and Glenferrie Oval, you would not expect to feel like you are in the back streets of Venice (especially given the lack of cars) but somehow the team here provide that exceptional type of experience..."
"Here in the Lido Cinema Complex on Glenferrie Road, this new wine bar and eatery has seen east-siders hitting mandarin liqueur-spiked Aperol spritzes and mustardy emmenthal cheese panini for the past two months..."
"Crabapple Kitchen has already made Greg Feck one of the most popular chefs in Hawthorn. Now with Vaporetto, a bustling double-storied bar-restaurant love letter to Venice, his stocks will soar even higher..."