DI STASIO

Having been a resident of St Kilda for more than a quarter of a century, Di Stasio is the true culinary veteran of Fitzroy Street.

Café Di Stasio is a small dining room, emanating an atmosphere of refined elegance and total indulgence. Using seasonal produce including Italian truffles and twice-daily made fresh pasta, the chefs create classic Italian dishes to die for, while the white-coat waiters are ready to offer a list of specials and a menu of house specialties spanning pages.

If you’re not hungry enough for the full dining experience, head next door to Bar Di Stasio, where you can have a $1.50 espresso al volo (on the fly) and follow it up with a glass of Ronnie Di Stasio’s wine, made from grapes grown in his very own Yarra Valley vineyard. The bar menu is full of delicious Italian aperitivi to enjoy alongside classic cocktails and good company.

This classic St Kilda experience is just moments from The Prince.

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CICCIOLINA

This Acland Street institution started the city’s trend of no-bookings, but if you have to wait for a table, she’ll make it worth your while.

Established during the days of arty, bohemian St Kilda, Cicciolina Restaurant found its home on Acland Street in 1993, and has been a stalwart of the street since. Head chef Virginia Redmond has been at the helm since day one, serving up delicious, classic-yet-simple Italian cuisine.

Out the back is the bar, offering a range of bar food and cocktails. Perhaps more impressive is their 150-strong wine list, with over 20 of those bottles available by the glass. Whether while waiting for a table, or wanting to wet your whistle, there is a wide range of wines for all occasions.

Located just a short stroll from The Prince, Cicciolina is for everyone.

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LAU’S

This family restaurant has been named the best Chinese Food in Melbourne, and it just takes one taste to find out why.

Opened by Gilbert Lau after his time as part of Melbourne’s Flowerdrum team, Lau’s Family Kitchen has quickly become the destination for Chinese cuisine in St Kilda.

Serving dishes such as the rare seafood treat Patagonian toothfish, as well as Chinese staples including salt and pepper squid, crispy wontons, dumplings and an array of traditional Chinese meat and vegetable dishes, Lau’s is always busy yet every diner always leaves satisfied.Bookings are essential for dinners at this Acland Street eatery, and while the pricing may be a little higher than you’re used to at the fast-paced dumpling dives in the city, it is absolutely worth it. The service alone leaves nothing to be desired. Don’t believe us? Read the reviews.