Tetto Di Carolina is a first-floor cocktail spot that sits above its sibling, Italian diner Bar Carolina. Tetto – which means “roof” in Italian – is elegant and refined, but comfortable enough to relax in, too.

Joe Mammone (Il Bacaro, Bar Carolina, and the now-closed Sarti) co-owns the cocktail bar with business partners James Sutherland and singer-songwriter Joey Dee.

The drinks menu has Italian-influenced cocktail classics, along with an extensive European wine list. Try the American Beauty — part Americano and part Spritz, with Campari-like Select Aperitivo, Maidenii vermouth, strawberry-jasmine syrup and prosecco. And if you’re loyal to the Espresso Martini, sip the Cafe Decadente, made with Amaro Montenegro, white-chocolate cream, coffee and nutmeg.

The food is traditional Italian with a few unusual riffs. Scallop carpaccio comes with honey fermented yuzu, coral-like squid-ink tapioca crisps and bitter dandelion. And there’s even an homage to the KFC Zinger Burger — a brioche bun filled with is buttermilk-brined fried chicken, pickles, fennel coleslaw and a lip-tingling spike of chilli.

The space is by designer Chris Connell (Agostino, Duke’s Coffee Roasters, and Bar Carolina, and draws influence from cocktail bars in Italy and Europe. Its six-metre bar is made from walnut, with handmade walnut stools to perch on, and white terrazzo tiles underfoot. At the other end of the room are plush, silvery-grey leather booths and banksia-esque light fittings.

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Updated: August 20th, 2019

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