Bar Carlo sneakily opened its doors last November, but they kept the news on the DL. Mostly because they were waiting for something very special to arrive from Italy—bottles of Leone from Bassano del Grappa. The only bottles in Australia, in fact.
A little background. Bar Carlo is the new venture from owner Alana Sabbadini, an authentic Italian aperitivo bar in the backstreets of the CBD.
But while the rest of Melbourne was skulling Aperol Spritz like there was a global shortage, Alana wanted to do something a little different. Leone is a liqueur from northern Italy, and you can’t get it anywhere here. It can be drunk as an aperitivo, a digestive and pretty much everything in between—Leone mojito cocktails, over ice with a splash of soda, or as a Spritz (so long, Aperol. We had some good times).
“It took many nights of drinking at the Bar Leon in Bassano del Grappa to convince owner Eduardo to allow me to take this Leone out of Italy.” Alana explains, “I can’t wait for Melbourne to fall in love with Leone as much as I have”.
Leone forms the basis of the Bar Carlo experience, and you pretty much have to give it a try while you’re here—but the rest of the menu is equally delicious.
Expect hand-prepped Italian cuisine and cicchetti snacks running all day long. Grab-and-go sandwiches stuffed with goat’s curd, prosciutto and figs, homemade homemade torta allo yogurt con lamponi cake, bombolini doughnuts and wood-fired pizza slices. The menu is due to change pretty regularly, but the odds are good you’ll find something belissimo.
Image credit: Tailor Group