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Award-winning Melbourne hospitality duo Michael and Zara Madrusan of Made in the Shade Group have introduced classic Italian hospitality to Russell Street, launching Connie’s Italian Diner & Rooftop Terrazza.

Named after Michael’s beloved Nonna Connie, the New York-inspired slice joint, Connie’s Pizza originally launched as a hole-in-the-wall in 2017 within Made in the Shade’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll bar, Heartbreaker. Now with an ambitious space directly above Heartbreaker, Connie’s has expanded into a standalone modern 100-seat trattoria, showcasing traditional dishes inspired by Michael’s memories of growing up in his family’s Italian restaurants.

Connie's is part of the acclaimed Made in the Shade group that unites a number of Melbourne-based venues and brands, owned and operated by Michael and Zara Madrusan: The Everleigh, Bar Margaux, Heartbreaker, The Everleigh Bottling Co. & Navy Strength Ice Co.

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