Tetto di Carolina in three drinks

Published on 31 July 2019

Photo: The Copacabana Fizz at Tetto di Carolina (credit: Kristoffer Paulsen)

He brought you Il Bacaro, Sarti and Bar Carolina. Now Joe Mammone is taking the fun to the next level, with the opening this week of Tetto, a bar above Carolina in South Yarra that balances elegant cocktails with rare Champagnes, live jazz and good looks.

“Everyone’s here to indulge,” Mammone says. “We’re creating a room that I don’t believe exists south of the river. There’s opulence, there’s sophistication – we’re looking after our local community.”

Mammone talks us through the three drinks that sum up Tetto.

Copacabana Fizz
The Copacabana Fizz was created by our bar manager Alex Dyzart as a nod to the famous Copacabana Club in New York, known for its tropical theme, celebrities and beautiful performers. The drink is our take on a Piña Colada, with an added Italian influence. The classic Piña Colada has gone down in history as an indulgent cocktail to order on holidays. We wanted to deliver a lighter version that can be enjoyed on a regular basis, on our sunny terrace (Melbourne weather permitting), surrounded by mates.

We infuse fig leaf into aged rum and use it to split almond milk. The combination of the toasted-coconut flavour from the fig leaf and creaminess from the almond milk recreates the sensation of coconut cream without being so rich. Add some house-made pineapple cordial and bubbles, and you have the Copacabana Fizz.

Joey Dee, Joe Mammone and James Sutherland, the team behind Tetto

Wall Street
I had a relationship with New York City that took me to the next level in my career. I relocated in 1998 and lived there through to 2000, across the road from Wall Street in Battery Park City. At Tetto I wanted to create a drink that takes me back, something with a nostalgic pull to the place that made me. The idea was to make our own version of a classic Manhattan using sandalwood tincture, a wood native to Australia, instead of Maraschino liqueur. The sandalwood allows us to use bolder flavours to balance the drink, such as maple, orange, cherry and Martini Rubino. The result is a refined sipping cocktail that packs in a whole lot of flavour.

Comte Audoin de Dampierre
A few of us in the team have a passion for Champagne so we’re excited to have some gems on the list that are hard to come by. One is the rare and exceptional 1996 Comte Audoin de Dampierre Grand Cru, produced entirely by hand according to the original process. They tie the cork onto the bottle to secure it, and it comes with its own brass scissors to remove it. Knowing what my customers like has given me the opportunity to source specific brands and vintages. To find this bottle and add it our list was a dream – not to mention the other vintage Champagnes we have managed to get our hands on.

Tetto di Carolina, Level 1/48 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, tettodicarolina.com.au. Wed 4pm-11pm, Thurs 4pm-1am, Fri and Sat noon-1am, Sun 2pm-11pm.