On Wednesday, July 14, Johnny Di Francesco opened his sixth Australian location – 400 Gradi Mornington. Located on a prominent corner of Mornington’s Main St, 400 Gradi Mornington also incorporates Zero Gradi Gelateria and Dessert Bar, and Gradi’s Italian delicatessen concept Gradi Mercato.
“It’s the ﬁrst time we’ll have all three Gradi offerings in a single location working together,” Johnny says. “It’s like neapolitan ice-cream in that it creates a little something for everyone and every occasion. The 400 Gradi restaurant will be split over two levels with a spacious balcony and bar with bay views upstairs, while downstairs will house a casual snack bar and dining space alongside Zero Gradi and Gradi Mercato. We’ve waited a long time to ﬁnd the perfect spot in the Peninsula and we’re very much looking forward to meeting the locals and becoming part of the Mornington community.”
Throughout the new location, the interiors embrace 400 Gradi’s signature Italian luxe aesthetic with terrazzo countertops and tables, plush upholstery and an elegant palette of moody and earthy tones.
The restaurant will serve the full 400 Gradi menu with some new ‘al mare’ specials as a nod to its locale. On entry from Main St, guests will be welcomed by a host who will be able to direct them to one of three distinct dining areas. The ﬁrst, a casual wine and snack bar with tall terrazzo countertops and bar seating, will serve drinks and casalinga ‘home-style’ antipasto such as salumi and cheeses; the second is a large, sophisticated dining space next to the wine and snack bar; and the third is an upstairs seated dining space and stand-alone bar with its own open-air terrace and balcony. This area doubles as a stunning private events space.
Those simply looking to browse Gradi Mercato or to visit Zero Gradi for a sweet treat will also enter via Main St. Here they can easily pick up hand-churned gelato and handcrafted artisan patisserie or fresh 400 Gradi pizza or pasta to heat at home, along with a wealth of deli items.
The Gradi Mornington team will be helmed by three industry experts: Pierre Khodja
(Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar, Camus, Canvas and Terminus Restaurant) as chef de cuisine; Giuseppe Fortunato as head pizzaiolo, and Maciej Młodawski as venue manager.
With three Gradi concepts under one roof, 400 Gradi really is your one-stop Italian dining and shopping destination to keep the whole family happy.
Mornington Peninsula Magazine attended the opening just days before Victoria’s fifth COVID-19 lockdown was announced, and we wish Johnny and the team every success and hope this amazing new business is up and running again by the time this edition is published.