This venue is permanently closed and no longer trading
Elegant Italian in Southbank
Stylish and modern surroundings greet you as you enter dell'Ugo for your Friday night evening with friends.
Your waiter walks you through the restaurant past the light-hued stone fireplace and fully equipped bar where all the glasses glisten and the surfaces are polished, through the restaurant to the open accordion doors where you delight in the buzz coming off Little Stanley Street. It is a lively night and the restaurant slowly fills up. Your table is placed beside the doors so you get a double dose of life this evening in South Bank.
The natural surroundings, warm colours and the amber glow of the room enhance the ambience of this modern Italian restaurant. The crisp white of the linen tablecloths is complemented by the dark wooden furnishings. The atmosphere is conducive to good conversation and relaxing into an enjoyable meal. Beautiful photos adorn the walls, iconic shots that almost lure you to Italy.
Your taste buds will be pleasantly tickled with the taste sensations that you indulge in. Calamari Dorati e olio picante (light fried calamari, rocket and chilli oil) and Fritelle di ricotta e zucchini (zucchini and ricotta fritters, mint, peas and buffalo mozzarella) are but a few of the choices you have to start your evening.
You can then make your way to either the Squid Ink Linguini with a Moreton Bay bug or choose to have the Risotto of the day or the Prawn and Crab Lasagna, all make your taste buds stand up and take notice.
Dessert is a grand finish with either the whisper light Tiramisu or perhaps you will choose the Pedro Ximénez and Chocolate Ganache.
And just maybe the next time you will come, you will decide to delve deeper into your dining experience and check out the degustation menu.
The Trattoria that sits out front of the restaurant is more relaxed with a casual, sidewalk styled street feel and serves classic Italian pasta and sandwiches earlier in the day.
Soula Passaris, owner, opened not one but two restaurants, one in New Farm. This Southbank location has been opened for seven years where they feel right at home in their surroundings. Soula's son, Yianni, is in charge of the excellent selection of Italian and Australian wines they present along with overseeing the bar and the floor. Soula's husband Michael rounds out the trio with his dancing waiter demeanour in the restaurant.
The restaurant can be booked out for special occasions and weddings and they celebrate things like the Melbourne Cup.
Located at the end of Southbank at 182 Grey Street, you can park and stroll here, take the train or bus from the city and just surround yourself in the ambience that comes with a sophisticated dining experience.
The cost is a little more on the top end but for quality food, wine and fine dining you can't go wrong.