Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra

Tuesday
9:00am - 10:30pm
4a Bond Street South Yarra 3141

Features

dine at the bar
licensed
Italian

Thirty Eight Chairs is tiny. Owner Gino Forlano wouldn’t have it any other way. Just like in Italy, the close-spaced tables increase the chances you’ll get to know your neighbours; and maybe even share a bottle of wine with them.

Building on recipes passed down from his nonna, Forlano has created a menu that pays homage to all the family classics. Don’t expect to find any pizza here. Instead pasta is made fresh daily and cooked to a “nonna-soft texture” rather than al dente. The reginette ricce al ragu di anatra, or duck ragu, is a customer favorite.

The romantic lighting and furnishings are reminiscent of a local trattoria, too. The walls are covered in traditional Italian knick-knacks and toys brought back from Italy by the staff. Celebrating a birthday? Prepare to be serenaded by the whole restaurant using Forlano’s tambourine, which hangs from a rack on the ceiling.

Bookings are essential, but don’t worry: there are actually more than just 38 chairs in the house. Otherwise, you can always get your fix at the newer Thirty Eight Chairs in Carlton.