Fratelli Fresh has been one of Sydney's not-so-secret Italian hotspots for so long now, it's practically an institution. But so far, it's been a local epicurean delight - one that we've managed to keep confined to our harbour city alone. But not any more. As of this Friday, Melbournians will get a taste of this Italian providore and dining staple, when hospitality group Urban Purveyor opens the first Fratelli Fresh and The Cut Steakhouse in Victoria.
Set over two floors of The Alfred's two-storey heritage building, Fratelli Fresh will take up the ground floor, offering casual Italian eats to hungry Victorians. With a vast menu that includes 25 dishes priced under $20, wood-fired pizzas and a six-course option ($55), Fratelli Fresh gives diners the chance to sample the plentiful meat, fish, cheese, pasta and antipasti on offer from the providore, washed down with a glass of Negroni - on tap from the Fratelli Bar. And don't forget to leave room for dessert - Fratelli are serving up mouth-watering tiramisu, Venetian doughnuts, Sicilian canoli and house-churned gelato, too.
And if Italian isn't tempting you that particular day, take a stroll up the staircase where you'll find The Cut, a New York-style steakhouse complete with parquetry and black and white marble tiles that's groaning with top-tier steak options. There are 10 cuts of premium-quality beef on offer, including wagyu sourced from boutique farm Seven Creeks in Victoria and grass-fed beef from Tasmania's Cape Grim. And if full-flavoured steak is your bag - look out - The Cut has its own dry ageing room, with the capacity to age beef for up to 200 days. The Cut's menu also extends to 10 differents sides, plus delicious offerings of lamb, free-range duck and Hidden Cove oysters sourced from Tassie. Did we mention you can pair your steak with one of the 300 wines, 80 whiskies and cocktails and craft beer on offer at adjoining bar The Library? Bon appétit.