South Yarra, Melbourne – Melbourne has established itself as the fashion capital of Australia, and Chapel Street is where it’s at. There are dining options aplenty nestled between the stores that line this 4km long street. Venture just a little off the trodden path though, and you will find a delightful little Italian restaurant that will grant you a dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
This place is run by two experienced, very gorgeously Italian, South Yarra restaurateurs. Their menu is a concise, heart-on-sleeve execution of southern Italian favourites. There is pappardelle duck ragu, there is penne with tomato, basil and fresh ricotta, there is slow cooked veal with pancetta and peas, and then there are daily specials which, if you’re lucky on the day you go, will feature their absolutely delectable bolognese… to.die.for. What’s that you say? Melbourne is a city that rewards the curious. Oh yes, yes it is.
What sets this restaurant apart is its clever use of a narrow space to create a beautifully cosy ambience. Seating less than 40 patrons (there’s a clue in the name), it’s a restaurant where everyone feels welcome. I can’t recommend this gem highly enough – for the heart-warming food, the ‘it’ location, the gracious staff.
During the week, a $25 Express Lunch is offered, and on Sundays a Champagne Breakfast. However, it is dinner where you will really get to enjoy the softly lit, intimate restaurant. Just don’t turn up on Monday, as it’s closed. In fact, best to make a booking. Start with a Campari, order the bolognese with a glass of red, and finish with affogato for dessert. Down right bellissimo.