Vaporetto Bar & Eatery

An enchanting Venetian bar that nails all the best bits of Venice.

Few of us have been to Venice. But now Hawthorn has its own Venetian bar and eateryVaporetto. And it’s basically the same thing.

Chef Greg Feck and his business partners Kim Coronica, Stephanie Edgerton and David Wickwar love Venice and they’ve done an excellent job in recreating its vibrant and enchanting atmosphere on Glenferrie Road. Leave Melbourne behind as you step through an old tobacco store shopfront from Venice, and take in the dark timber, marble, aged brass and hand-blown Murano chandeliers.

It’s $10 spritz o’clock every day from 5-6pm, but, regardless of the time of day, you might be tempted by David’s cocktail creations that pay homage to the Venice and its history. When in Rome — or, at least, when in Venice.

Greg has tried to count how many times he has been to the city of bridges and he says it could easily be up to 12, 14 or 15 times. He particularly loves the simplicity of Venetian cooking. It tends to be a fairly light cuisine because they use a lot of seafood from the lagoon and, true to form, Vaporetto’s menu is predominantly seafood-focused with a couple of cuts of meat.