317 Bay St Brighton, VIC 3186
|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)|
|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.