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Nestled in those magical late afternoon hours before day becomes night sits Aperitivo: part refreshment, part ritual without rules, always a social occasion. Steeped in Italian tradition, it is an art held dear – sacred almost - for Sicilian-blooded Chef Danny Natoli.
Stepping out from the sweeping golden lit staircase onto the third floor you hear it: the soft purr of well-oiled activity welcoming you in. Tinkle of glassware here, polish of cutlery there, murmuring voices: after months closed during Melbourne’s 6th lockdown
“I wanted to learn [to make] Peking duck over Covid,” says Li. “And I [did], after 80-something ducks.” The dry-aged iteration here isn’t traditional, though; it’s glazed with Campari, rice-malt syrup and coriander seed, hung, and then roasted so the skin turns glassy and crisp.