Bars & Pubs

Park Up At Pepe’s, Melbourne’s Summer-Ready Italian Piazza And Bar

By Rick Stephens
1st Dec 2020

A piazza with classice Italian tables set up.

We’re missing those European summers down here in Australia, but while international travel is on hold, Pepe’s Italian Food and Liquor is bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Melbourne’s CBD. 

Enjoy your long summer afternoons in Pepe’s al fresco piazza, sipping negronis or a spritz under the iconic red and white striped umbrellas. While you’re there, try your hand at bocce on their newly installed court. Graze into the evening on courtyard nibbles and top off your visit with a gelato from their new gelateria which has been created with chef Adam D’Sylva from Coda.  

With the heritage-listed, red brick facade and 600 square metres of casual outdoor dining space, Pepe’s is open for 220 patrons at a time. The reimagined precinct is prepped for a summer of wining and dining with their three outdoor spaces—The Garden Lounge, Beer Garden and Terrace—and two indoor dining rooms. The Rintel Room is also available for a private dining experience. 

The menu features all your Italian favourites, we’re talking pizzas, pastas and veal parmas. But this is no pub food. Pepe’s menu is based on New York style Italian food, but with a modern Melbourne twist. They’ve got a humble list of desserts to wash down your main course, although it’s hard to choose something on the menu over the gelateria. 

Pepe’s is open seven days a week from noon until late, but if the city is a stretch too far, then you can have their food delivered right to your door with Providoor

Find out how you can hire a picnic boat for more al fresco dining this summer here.

Image credit: supplied

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