It’s a Famiglia affair! Named after Michael Madrusan’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 Italian dishes inspired by Michael’s memories of growing up in his family’s Italian restaurants.

Connie’s Italian Diner is a good time that’s all about nostalgia, the best of what Michael remembers from his family’s Italian restaurants and his fondest memories growing up in the 80’s. The space is playful and fun, warm and familiar, reminiscent of an old school family-run restaurant from your youth – a happier place in a simpler time. When you walk up the stairs, you feel like you’ve been there before – but never like this.


234B Russell Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000
(03) 8413 2970