They've come in gently, honouring existing hand-made floors, bar and tables but adding quaint artwork by Jessica McAllister, including a hand-painted floor-to-ceiling depiction of Allora, their buxom, spaghetti-eating mascot, in a Roman holiday vibe.
Most of the staff have stayed on, including Venetian chefs Marco Giora and Alberto Zancan, who have expanded the pizza-driven menu with an antipasti section and larger plates to encourage communal dining (locals needn't worry; favourites such as lasagne pesce, featuring salmon, mussels and prawn, remain).
There was an immediate upgrade in the quality of the linen and glassware, and a neglected courtyard has been turned into a sultry blue-and-white-striped aperitivo corner. Next, a plan to turn an unused upstairs area into private dining rooms for groups of 10 and 20.
Open Mon-Thu 5pm-9.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-9.30pm.
135 McKinnon Road, McKinnon, 03 9578 6550, alloracucina.com.au