Studio Brave design a cook book for Cecconi’s

Title: The table of the family
Agency: Studio Brave
Client: Cecconi’s Restaurant
Stocks: Sovereign Silk and Sovereign Offset
Printing specs: Offset printed
Printed by: Bambra VIC

‘La Travola Della Famiglia’ (The Table of the Family), is not just a recipe book, it’s also a memoir and historical account of life in Australia for the Bortolotto family –  owners of iconic Melbourne eatery – Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane, that has a rich 30 year history to be proud of. Maria, daughter and business partner of Olimpia Bortolotto (the author), approached Studio Brave in Melbourne to produce the book. In true Italian style, the studio were invited to dine with the Bortolotto family at their restaurant, where they experienced first-hand the family’s passion for food and life in Australia.


Working closely with photographer Sharyn Cairns, the design stemmed from their story – the notion that the restaurant was ever evolving and always at the forefront of Italian cuisine in Melbourne. Printed on Sovereign Silk 170gsm with copper foil for the cover and Sovereign Offset 135gsm for the text, the pages are filled with mouth-watering modern and traditional Italian recipes and carefully chosen typography to complement the old family photographs.

Studio Brave shared many interesting insights with us, like this one: “We felt it was integral to the Cecconi’s brand that we represent the beautiful copper highlights found throughout the Flinders Lane basement restaurant. Using a copper foiling on the cover, we were able to balance this with a copper metallic print throughout, which really brings the book to life and adds a sharpness that you cannot match using CMYK.”

This wonderfully tasty book is sure to inspire your inner Italian chef. Remember to invite us around if you ever unleash your culinary beast!