bottomless gnocchi

While some restaurants exist for only a matter of years, there are some that become institutions and Leo’s Spaghetti Bar in St Kilda is just that. Last year, the Italian eatery celebrated serving locals, Melburnians and visitors for 65 years but, as with most people, lockdowns stopped the celebrations. So, it’s time to make up for it!

Known for its traditional soulful Italian dishes and generous serves, Leo’s has earned its title as a renowned favourite over the years. The restaurant opened the same year that Melbourne hosted the Olympics! It’s a dining destination for those who want to enjoy great food and service with friends, family or colleagues.

To belatedly celebrate Leo’s Spaghetti Bar’s 65th birthday, the restaurant will be offering bottomless gnocchi & cocktail sessions every day in September.

Available 11.30am-1pm Monday to Sunday and 5.30-7pm Monday to Thursday, customers can enjoy as much gnocchi as they like with a choice of three toppings (bolognese, pollo funghi or pesto funghi) and bottomless cocktails (Mimosa, Red Passion or Tequila Sunrise) for just $69 per person.

Lasting for over 65 years in hospitality is no small feat, so Leo’s Spaghetti Bar must be doing something right! The last couple of years were a struggle for Leo’s, just like every other restaurant in Melbourne, but the eatery is once again enjoying a bustling dining room.

Owner Akram ‘Akky’ Helal’s family took over the restaurant from the original owners in 1980 and he is proud that the restaurant is still as popular as it was when it opened in 1956.

“Leo’s Spaghetti Bar has customers that have been eating here since its opening, as well as young people that love to visit after a walk on the beach. We are lucky to have such loyal customers as well as being a destination for visitors to Melbourne from all around the world.”

While Leo’s most popular menu items are focused around staple choices of pastas, gnocchi, pizzas and risotto, there is also an extensive choice of starters, mains, salads and desserts. Many of the dishes suit sharing so the restaurant is an ideal place for a family get-together or celebration with loved ones.

The starter menu includes Arancini, Bruschetta, Dusted Calamari, Meatballs in Sugo and Mussels Marinara.

All-time favourite mains include Pollo alla Marsalla (thin chicken cutlets cooked with mushrooms in a creamy marsalla sauce served with chips and salad), Lamb Shanks (slow cooked in tomato and red wine sauce, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables) and Barramundi Fillet (grilled and topped with zesty lemon butter sauce and served with chips and salad). Healthier options are available with a wide variety of salads to choose from. But diners should save room for dessert!

Kids are not forgotten with a menu of dishes from $12 that includes Spaghetti Bolognaise, Lasagne, Chicken Nuggets and Chips and Fish and Chips.

Leo’s Spaghetti Bar Bottomless Gnocchi & Cocktail sessions will run throughout September.

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