From the sublime beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the bustling beachside lidos of Salerno, with faint echoes of ‘La Dolce Vita’ — a visit to “TRENTOTTO SEDIE” transports you to the best of what Italy has to offer, right here in South Yarra, Melbourne.
Gino Forlano grew up on the Amalfi Coast and honed his restaurant skills in hospitality throughout his life starting in Salerno and then on to London; finally landing in Australia 16 years ago, where he continued to develop his personal style in restaurants such as Jacques Reymond, Sassi (Port Douglas), Caffé e Cucina and Katerina Cucina e Bar. After winning for Caffé e Cucina, the “Ospitalita` Italiana” (awarded by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the best Italian restaurant in Australia), Gino decided to make the move to his own restaurant in Melbourne, a city he had grown to love. Gino decided that he could reach no higher level in his capacity as “Il Capitano” at Caffé e Cucina and in football parlance, he “hung up his boots”, to pursue the new challenge of running his own restaurant.
In 2012, he opened 38 Chairs in honour of his age at the time. There were 38 chairs in the first version of the restaurant and while the number of available seats has increased due to popularity, it is and always will be, an intimate setting which lends itself to friendship, good conversation and a lively atmosphere.
What he brings to this highly successful South Yarra restaurant, is his sense of the Italian family as he projects his own love of ‘la famiglia’ and food through every aspect of the way that the restaurant is run. 38 Chairs is his home and everyone is welcome.
The vibe is relaxed and fun and the food is authentic. The staff are Italian and know what matters most is to experience the ‘sweet life’ that is Italy.
“Simplicity, passion, respect and conversation” are the hallmarks of the attitude Gino brings to all that he does. He genuinely cares about the people he serves and the food that he serves to them. He and his staff represent all that is good about Italian food and service – fresh, young, vibrant and authentic ‘ospitalità’!
The entire 38 Chairs family, focuses on fresh home made pasta, using a family recipe. Its signature dish is the pasta with duck ragù and is not to be missed.
At 38 Chairs you can feel the love and the wonderment that only the Amalfi Coast provides, but without the airfare!