About Us

About San Lorenzo Italian Restaurant

Our History

Relaxed weekend brunchers can enjoy the balminess of open-air dining in summer, or the warmth of open fires in winter. San Lorenzo boasts his & her fireplaces, the central hearth adjacent the kitchen, is a cozy fire-warmed nook, perfect for a cocktail party or stand-up reception.

As to the history of the building itself, it certainly has experienced many incarnations. It is most recently remembered as a leadlight shop, the past proprietor of which, still visits us annually when he's in the country. Prior to that as a saddler's, a chemist's immediately after the second world war, and prior to that, there are reports of it being used as a bank, a nunnery and as a hotel for miners on their way to and from the Ballarat goldfields. Patrons and locals are often overheard to compare anecdotes of their get-togethers, and it's been that way for years. For me, memories of personalities and goings-on are everywhere, in every nook and cranny of the place. Great dishes and fabulous times.

If you are here for dinner, you're more likely to experience the thrill and hum of the place as funky background tunes set a lively pace for a night of food and drink. The evening gains momentum as ambient lighting begins to animate smiles and gestures. San Lorenzo's a place for self-expression and a centre for Moonee Ponds' night-life and wining-dining culture. It's a place for social exchange and being seen. Traditional Italian and fascinating menu, current releases of the latest essential wines, and a vibrancy that few full-service eat & drink venues can offer.

The Food Room exudes a warm & professional ambience with staff and chefs having trained at top hat restaurants. All within a classic European styled Victorian architeture with a charming courtyard for Al fresco diners and a function room on the mezzanine level.

Blackboard specials change regularly and often. Our chef & maestro, direct from Italy, has spent many years developing and refining a compelling expression of the culinary arts. Dedication to the art of modern cookery manifests itself in the selection of the freshest produce and clean presentation of contemporary and classical Italian cuisine.

Our Philosophy

We are extremely passionate about providing authentic Italian flavours in our cuisine. Our pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and reflect the true Napolitana experience. If you've ever been to Napoli, you'll see that our pizzas are just like those in Napoli. For those who haven't experienced Napolitana pizzas, then now you can, with our wood fire pizzas right here in Moonee Ponds.

Our Mission

Our mission is to excel in customer service, whilst providing a true Italian experience in flavours in our menus.

Our Services

  • Menu design for special occasions
    • Theming your functions
    • Authentic Italian Wood-fired Pizza
    • Standing or Seated Functions

Wine List

We have an extensive wine of Italian and Australian wines. We are fully licensed or BYO wine.


Drop in for a pre-dinner cocktail or after you have had dinner. We are open until late.


San Lorenzo caters for all types of functions. We will gladly sit with you to arrange the perfect event.


The Atrium is the perfect space for business meetings for up to 30 people.