La Madonna is Next Hotel Melbourne's golden-lit restaurant and bar perched on Level 3. Share a plate at the bar, lounge over cocktails, graze in a quiet corner, sink into a booth for intimate dinners or feast at larger tables.
Be greeted on arrival by a sweeping Italian marble staircase paired with a lavish gold chandelier made from hundreds of gold chains; a ceramics installation suspended from the ceiling; a four-metre-high glass cabinet filled with cheese and charcuterie; and an Australian hotel-first, a private room with a wall of barrels filled with aging cocktails, spirits and herbal liquors.
Brought to you by powerhouse duo Danny Natoli (Zia Rina's Cucina co-owner and ex-Neptune Food and Wine head chef) and Adrian Li (also of Rina's and Tokyo Tina)
enjoy menu highlights like, smoky ox-tongue skewers with salsa verde; crisp chicken-wing parmigiana; and pappardelle with slow-cooked beef, pork and fennel ragu. Or try the figs with pine nuts, spiced leatherwood honey and gorgonzola, smashed like carpaccio.
03 9188 3333
80 Collins Street (enter from Little Collins Street)
Trading hours may vary. Check with La Madonna for full trading hours.