In huge news from the Merivale Group (headed up by CEO Justin Hemmes, who has developed the company's portfolio to include more than 80 brands and venues), Totti's is set to open at the historic Lorne Hotel in February 2023, marking the first venture for Merivale in Victoria.
It's not often we admit we are jealous about something Sydney has that Melbourne doesn't, but for far too many years now we have salivated over that woodfired bread from Totti's – in all its charred, fluffy, crispy glory – as it constantly bombarded our Instagram and TikTok feeds. But it seems our time has finally come, with Totti's crossing the border and making its way a little closer to home.
Totti's Lorne will kick off the reimagination of the Lorne Hotel, which was acquired by the hospitality group back in May 2021, and it will be the fifth outpost of the Totti's brand. The venue will be in the safe hands of two executive chefs: Totti’s creator Mike Eggert and Surf Coast local, Matt Germanchis. The menu is slated to showcase some of the unmissable favourites that Totti's has become so popular for, including housemade pasta and an antipasti selection.
However, the chefs intend to bring some Victorian flair to the no-fuss, laidback Italian offerings, by highlighting the best local seafood – from crayfish and calamari to mussels and King George whiting. The drinks list will also focus on showcasing Victorian producers and vineyards.
“It is an amazing opportunity to bring Totti’s laidback style and signature dishes to one of the most iconic coastal locations in Australia that is Lorne," says Mike Eggert. "Totti’s is a restaurant where you can walk off the beach for a quick bite and glass of wine or stay for a long lunch with friends and families, which fits Lorne to a tee... I cannot wait to build a menu with Matt Germanchis that heroes the local producers he has longstanding relationships with, and the unicorn finds around this region.”
Watch this space for further details, but in the meantime, start planning your trip to Lorne.