Lucio's: Food, Art & Friendship Auction
In October 2020, Lucio and Sally Galletto made the decision to close their beloved Italian restaurant Lucio's – which has served loyal patrons as well as prime ministers, former Beatles and Al Pacino – after 40 years.
Aside from its classic fazzoletti neri ai frutti di mare (squid-ink pasta topped with cuttlefish, mussels, prawns and chilli) and tagliolini alla granseola (noodles stained green with spinach and sweetened with blue swimmer crab), there's one more thing Sydneysiders must say goodbye to: the art collection.
The diner is possibly as famous for its mini art gallery as its food. The walls groan with works by some of Australia’s most renowned artists, including Sidney Nolan (an illustration on his bill was the inaugural piece in Lucio’s collection); John Olsen (whose work graces the menu cover); Tim Storrier; and Charles Blackman.
Now you can take home a piece of the restaurant's history though Lucio's: Food, Art and Friendship, an auction of 200 works once displayed around the restaurant. The auction, held by Bonhams Australia, takes place one month after the diner shuts its doors.
A full catalog will be made available online closer to the date.