The opening of Bistra in Carlton earlier this year marked the beginning of a resurgence of old-school European-style bistros in Melbourne. Soon, brother-and-sister duo Adam and Elisa Mariani will continue the trend by opening Elio’s Place, a European-inspired bistro on Flinders Lane named for their father.

The new venue will be located in Flinders House, a palazzo-style building that dates back to the 1860s, that sits opposite Duke’s Coffee Roasters and just across from Brunetti Oro. The fit-out at Elio’s Place was overseen by Studio Co & Co (Pizza Pizza Pizza, The Sporting Club Hotel). The Elio’s team says it will have “old-world Euro charm” that nods to the building’s grand exterior.

It’s the fifth venue from the Mariani siblings. The pair are also behind Greta, a schmick sandwich and wine bar at the western end of Flinders Lane, and Maverick, a cafe in the 80 Collins dining precinct. The Marianis also helmed the now-closed spots Mayday in Richmond and Petty Officer in Albert Park.

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Executive chef Gareth Flood, who has worked alongside the Marianis for six years at Greta, Maverick and Mayday, will oversee the all-day menu at Elio’s, drawing influence from Italian, Spanish, French and British traditions. There’ll be sweet and savoury breakfast options, made-to-order sandwiches, aperitivo hour from 3pm to 5pm daily and share plates available at lunch and dinner.

Elio’s Place will open at 238 Flinders Lane in the coming months.

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