326 Lygon St Carlton, VIC 3053
|Opening hours||Daily 7am-11pm|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Payments||Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||03 9347 8482|
Carlton Espresso captures the essence of Lygon Street’s lively Italian spirit. It's in the handsome, low-key counter-service set-up, authentic produce and exuberant, jocular charm. Lunchtimes fill to capacity with diners enjoying rustic pastas (penne with cauliflower, toasted almonds and gorgonzola cream; or pappardelle with porcini), all of which can be enriched with optional additions of buffalo mozzarella, scamorza, ricotta or rocket. Fat squares of guanciale-rich lasagna ooze with velvety bechamel sauce, while a farro salad of spelt, cannellini beans, artichokes, zucchini and ricotta is light and lemony. Coffee is exceptional, naturalmente.