The Vincent in Albert Park, Melbourne, will swing open the doors Italian pop-up Vinny’s tomorrow.

Colonial Leisure Group (CLG) recently reopened The Vincent after acquiring the venue, and decided it was the perfect time to launch a pop-up that makes the most of the warm weather.

“With summer just around the corner, we wanted to create an experience that brings to life the lively spirit of the Mediterranean,” says CLG Chief Executive Officer Tim Fitzgerald.

“It’s all about people gathering together for cocktails and carafes of wine, a bit of food to share, and just enjoying the atmosphere.”

The food and beverage offering at Vinny’s take its cues from Mediterranean dishes with the menu covering small bites, fresh pasta, antipasti and share plates.

Ben Frazer

Antipasti dishes include oysters with lemon mignonette; kingfish crudo with ruby grapefruit and pickled jalapeno; marinated sardines with orange, saffron and peppers; carne cruda with anchovies and Pecorino Gran Riserva and cucumbers with stracciatella and dill.

The pasta section covers cacio e pepe, pappardelle with lamb ragu and linguine with prawns and a seafood bisque.

Diners can also choose to share mains such as grilled prawns, confit salmon, sirloin with salsa verde and Vinny’s signature veal cotoletta.

On the beverage front, expect an array of aperitivo-style drinks including a Pimm’s Cup-inspired cocktail called the Tazza No. 2, a Limoncello Collins made with locally distilled limoncello and a Mediterranean spritz with Gordon’s Mediterranean gin, tonic and aromatics.

Wines are aplenty, with drops by Italian and Australian makers.

Vinny’s will kick off aperitivo weekends in the courtyard from 12 November with live music, DJs and cocktails from $11.