Cecchi’s Small Bar
High-school sweethearts Mark and Kylee-Anne Cecchi weren’t even 20 years old when they opened the restaurant that took their name in 2012. With Mark in the kitchen and Kylee-Anne running front of house, the husband-and-wife team earned a reputation for quality, affordable Italian cuisine.
In August 2016, the Cecchis opened this small bar next door to give customers a casual option for pre- or post-dinner drinks. But it is also very much a destination of its own.
Distressed timber beams, exposed brick walls and industrial fittings create a rustic yet sophisticated look, and a long central bar encourages interaction. Scattered greenery softens the space.
The bar menu consists of small plates and salads with prices starting at $3. Among the choices: panzanelle (fried pizza dough), pulled beef sliders, pork-belly “lollipops” and various bruschetta. For the indecisive, the kitchen will plate a selection of cold cuts, cheese and vegetables for $15 a head. The drinks menu is still a work in progress, and includes craft beer and boutique wines.