Casa Ciuccio [Fitzroy - Melbourne]
Just quickly as I'm running to Adelaide to eat at Press. ;)
Casa Ciuccio is the new place from the team that brought you Bar Lourinha. Matt McConnell is in the kitchen so the food is very similar, however, there is the addition of a BBQ Pit and lots of small cold tapas type dishes in the front bar.
I ate; peppers stuffed with crab, house cured bonito, green figs with basil, rabbit croqueta, anchovy toast things (which were fabulous), sweetbreads with cider vinegar and honey, suckling kid (from the pit) & dulche de leche with peanut praline for dessert.
All very good and washed down with a Curly Flat 2011 white pinot.
Casa Cuiccio has only been open for a week and a half and was pumping last night. Unlike Bar Lourinha, though, they do take bookings.
They will also be opening up a produce store next door and I also believe the McConnell's have taken over the builders arms. It looks like the McConnell brothers are taking over Gertrude Street!