Vivace

Vivace, restaurant, Brighton, Melbourne.
Vivace, restaurant, Brighton, Melbourne. Photo: Daniel Archer

317 Bay St Brighton, VIC 3186

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Opening hours Mon - Fri 7:30 AM to 11 PM, Sat 8 AM to 11 PM, Sun Closed
Features Accepts bookings, Licensed, Outdoor seating, Private dining, Breakfast-brunch, Business lunch, Events, Gluten-free options, Groups, Long lunch, Romance-first date, Vegetarian friendly, Bar
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Davide Ferraro
Seats 100
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9596 9511

Always an Italian restaurant, Vivace has become even more so with the addition of head chef Davide Ferraro direct from Turin, a staunch believer in house-made pasta. Changes have been subtle. The room remains a welcoming space with ostrich-skin banquettes and large paintings. The compact menu mixes up crowd-pleasers - pork belly, excellent salt-and-pepper calamari, scallops with apple salad, veal cutlet, perhaps with salsa verde - with more adventurous fare, such as risotto with spanner crab and saffron. Passatelli, a nicely chewy breadcrumb-based pasta, complements a robust braise of lamb shoulder with peas and confit tomato; and home-made gnocchi is served confidently and simply with tomato and mozzarella. Serves are generous. the entree antipasto with house-made grissini could feed two or three, and expect a large pour if you order wine by the glass. Should you make it past mains, desserts include fruit torta and a lemon bombe. Service is confident and relaxed.