The story of Fazio’s is legendary, ingrained as part of the Hampton Street fabric and known to all.
On the 16th December 1992 Sam and his brothers first opened the doors at 462 Hampton Street, replacing the rather dilapidated ‘Grapevine’ restaurant, soon re-emerged as our much loved Fazio’s. Nearly 25 years on Fazio’s has become a Bayside icon. Fazios is a relaxed, authentic italian dining experience that cuts no corners in delivering stunning, authentic Italian cuisine. Fazio’s is driven by true passion and a dedication to food and wine. Sam Fazio’s passion for good food and good company is infectious, as strong now as it was then.
Fazio’s has always been about family, being originally founded by Sam together with his two brothers Frank and Tony (with even sister Grace helping out). Sam now runs the business together with his own son Marcello, who is immersing himself in his true passion for food as the Fazio apprentice chef. Even front of house manager Mark has been with Fazio’s for seven years, he knows most customers by name, and he’s always happy to learn a few new ones!
Most of Fazio’s customers hail from the local Bayside area, however many also now come from far afield as they’ve moved out over the years but can’t resist the lure of genuine Italian food and great company. Things change but the Fazio equation still holds true… “Good Food + Good Wine = Good Times”. Simple, true.
If you’re after a signature dish, try the Chargrilled Calamari, Bari Pizza (marinated king prawns, delish…), the Gnocchi Gorgonzola (perfection in simplicity and combination of flavours) and of course, whatever’s on the ‘New Dishes’ menu. The new dishes are where Sam and his chefs explore their creativity, taking advantage of whatever produce is on the go at the market. Many customers simply come and order the ‘new dish’, combined with whatever wine Sam is drinking!
The famous Fazio wood fired Pizza oven was one of the first installed in Melbourne nearly 21 years ago, replaced by the current model which has been in constant operation for the last sixteen years or so, and is now developing a certain pantina. Rustic woodfired ovens develop thier own personality as cracks open and close with the temperature, adding to the unique wood fired flavour, cooking this old girl is an art that is passed from one Fazio chef to the next,
The wines are all handpicked by Sam to reflect and match the food served, from Italian styles such as Chianti, Primitivo (zinfidal), or Pinot Grigio (perfect for seafood!) to Australian classics such as Barossa and Coonawarra Cabernets and Mornington Peninsular Chardonnays.
Not content to simply run a successful restaurant, Sam also conducts Cooking Classes, in your own home! The emphasis is hands on, Sam will do all the hard work, but you will be the chef! Having attended one of these home cooking classes we can say they are a heap of fun, a truly memorable experience. There will be a queue for doggy bags for guests to take some of their creations home.
Warning; After the second, third (possibly fourth?) bottle of Pinot you may start to overestimate your culinary skills, and make the fatal mistake of challenging Sam to a ridiculous master chef standoff. Be warned; Firstly, you will loose, and secondly Sam religiously watches My Kitchen Rules… he knows the tricks!
Also, did we mention Sam’s guided tours to Tuscany? Yep, every year, Sam takes a privileged group of lucky people on week long guided cooking tour of Tuscany in Italy. The next trip is coming up in September, click here and you might be able to score yourself a spot: www.faziocookingtours.com/
Oh, one more thing, you can even buy a copy of The ‘Fazio Cook Book’, it’s on sale in the restaurant and is a must have edition to any home cooks library (ask nicely Sam might sign one for you). Too tight to buy the book? You’re in luck.. Sam is even wiling to share his knowledge and passion with Hampton Street locals, he writes a special blog for our site… check out ‘the ‘Taste of Hampton’ here: www.hamptonstreet.com.au/kingfish-salsa-verde/
Call Fazio’s to book on 9598 9396, located at 462 Hampton Street