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A community cornerstone

Having operated out of Southgate for the past 17 years, the team at La Camera continues to serve the community a whole lot more than just delicious Italian food.

While the family business was originally established in South Yarra in 1992, it’s here in Southbank where it has truly enforced its reputation as a family and community orientated restaurant since 2000.

There is no greater reflection of these values than its monthly community nights, which provide guests with a variety of Italian musical and cultural offerings throughout the year.  

And according to La Camera’s Paul Scidone, 2017 would be no different, with the restaurant adding an additional Opera Night to its annual calendar of events, which also features other usual favourites including Jazz and Shiraz.

With its Opera Nights continuing to prove a local favourite, Paul said it would host an additional Three Tenors night, on top of its usual event in November, which will take place on March 27.

The events kicked off with a full house on Monday, February 27 with the most successful Jazz and Shiraz in 11 years.

La Camera will also host a number of other Italian-inspired events throughout the year, including a pasta-making course on April 24, an Italian Yum Cha on July 31 and a Neapolitan Theme Night on September 25.

The Neapolitan night will be highlighted during the Melbourne Food and Wine festival this year on Sunday, April 9. Celebrate Naples style with a special Neapolitan set menu and an interactive musical show with equipment on the table. “We are going to eat, laugh, play…Naples style,” Paul said.

With La Camera’s location along the Yarra River and right next to the Arts Precinct, Paul said the restaurant continued to be a pre-show fixture for many locals, regulars and visitors.

“We call ourselves the pre-theatre specialists,” he said.  “We have a great system that ensures people have a great dining experience and we make sure they get to their show on time.”

Of course while its wonderful service is always appreciated, it’s the food that keeps people coming back! La Camera offers a menu with a range of authentic cuisine inspired from all parts of Italy, which is something it’s very proud of.

“We like to here feedback from our regulars on what we’ve got but when we really appreciate what we’ve got is when we hear it from people from Italy,” Paul said. “They say this risotto or this pizza is better than what we’ve got in Italy and that’s what makes us proud of what we’ve got.”

As part of its tradition of refreshing its culinary offerings, it has recently launched brand new breakfast and dessert menus and will soon launch its new look A La Carte menu.

It’s all part of La Camera’s ongoing effort to provide the best for it’s customers, which includes making people feel at home every time they walk in.   

“A lot of the regulars that come in they actually tell us that they feel like they’re part of the family,” Paul said.

“Some of them have been coming here for 17 years and there has been four or five of us that have been here during the same time and that’s what it is, we want to make people feel like they’re part of the family.”

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