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68 Toorak Road
South Yarra1, 3141 VIC
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The Details

  • Italian
Need to Know
  • Set Menu
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
Need to know
  • Bar Snacks
  • Full Food Menu
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Dates
  • Outdoor Seating

The inside of a restaurant with people dining.

The Verdict

A cornerstone of South Yarra’s dining scene, Cosi has recently come under new ownership, with restaurant veterans Omar El Deek and Pietrantuono brothers Giacomo and Donatello—known for their successful ventures Cucinetta and Carboni’s, taking the helm. They have breathed new life into the institution, contemporising the venue while preserving its authentic 1996 essence.

While the interior has received a more modern flair as of late, this trio who arrived from Italy only a decade ago, have incorporated elements of classic trattorias. The cosy reupholstered booth seating, dark wood finishes, Aperol lined shelves and the gelato cart centrepiece adorn the space. From vintage postcards and iconic frames of actors to Italian charms hanging in various nooks and crannies, Italian decor graces every corner. 

The menu has also undergone some changes, however, the cherished go-to's that have kept patrons returning for 26 years from the crispy mushroom arancini to mains including the Spaghetti alla Marinara, remain staples at Cosi. The more contemporary touches can be seen in dishes including the Kingfish crudo with capers and orange segments and the Mezze Maniche alla Carbonara as well as a rotating specials list of seasonal seafood and slow-cooked meats.

All the sauces and pasta are hand-made by Donatello and his team at Carboni’s, ensuring that Cosi’s pasta rivals that of Italy. To finish the hefty affair, traditional desserts from cannoli Siciliani to the silky tiramisu await. 

The precision to detail also emerges in their drinks list, expertly crafted by co-owner and qualified sommelier Giacomo, offering a wide selection of both Italian and Australian wines as well as varieties from New Zealand and France. They also produce their own Arancello and Limoncello—an essential digestivo.

Adding to the Italian charm, many waitstaff are Italian, so you can expect to be greeted in native tongue. The rich social and vibrant atmosphere is a testament to the trio’s heritage and desire to enrich the hospitality scene.

Image credit: Cosi (supplied)