Paddington Stalwart Lucio’s Is Closing Its Doors In Early 2021

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 9 October 2020

But this isn’t the end of the iconic Italian restaurant, Lucio’s.

There are few restaurants in Sydney that have a name as iconic as Lucio’s. The neighbourhood Italian restaurant has been a favourite among locals and foodies alike for decades. And after 40 years in the heart of Paddington, Lucio’s has announced it will be closing its doors for the final time in early 2021.

The bittersweet news means Lucio’s will be offering their final night of service on January 29th 2021. The restaurant, founded by Italian-born Lucio Galletto and his Australian wife, Sally, first opened its doors in Balmain in 1981 before relocating to its current location in Paddington in 1983.

The classic Italian diner has been a favourite for Sydney foodies. Their signature dishes have earned its stellar reputation, including their squid-ink pasta topped with cuttlefish, mussels, prawns and chilli and noodles stained green with spinach and sweetened with blue swimmer crab.

Lucio’s closure comes following earlier news that the Gallettos had sold the restaurant’s building early in 2020. While the initial plan was to remain in the space as tenants, the pressures of running a restaurant, bottle shop and newly opened deli have changed the original timeline.

But it’s not all bad news. Lucio’s team is on the hunt for a larger site to house the restaurant, hoping to find a new location in Sydney’s east.

In the meantime, you can still book a table at Lucio’s before the restaurant closes in January 2021. And in case you were wondering about the art that adorns Lucio’s walls, the team are planning to sell it off in an auction early next year. Stay tuned for Lucio’s art auction, more details coming soon.

Lucio’s will remain open at 47 Windsor Street, Paddington until January 29th, 2021. To find out more, click here.