In the restaurant business, collaboration is key, as restaurateurs Julian Marchetto and Nathan Moses of Darlinghurst’s Foley Lane know. The pair has transformed Foley Lane from a Spanish tapas bar to an Italian restaurant called Casoni, with chef Lachlan Robinson (previously of Melbourne’s Mister Bianco and Pendolino) leading the kitchen.
In development for about three months, Marchetto says that while Foley Lane’s signature tapas was exciting, he was unsure of how to develop it “to the next level”. That’s where Robinson came in.
A new pasta dish will be available on the menu every single day. Marchetto laughs, “It’s a little challenge we’ve thrown Lachie.” The menu so far has seen goat’s cheese and basil agnolotti with tomato sugo and fried capers and pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with pistachios, burnt butter and sage sauce.
The rotating menu is a test of creativity. “Not a lot of places do it,” says Marchetto. “The challenge in that respect is seasonal; you can use what’s in season as inspiration.”
On the drinks end of things, Negronis, Aperol spritzs, and Peroni beer will be available on tap, alongside a selection of boutique and craft Italian beers behind the bar.
“The Foley Lane space we had was much better suited to an Italian eatery style,” says Marchetto, so they've run with it.