Carlton. Pasta. Why fight it? Jesse and Vanessa Gerner aren't. The Spain-loving couple behind Bomba, Anada, and Nomada cafe are transforming their Carlton North cafe Green Park Dining yet again. Originally St Ali North, its third iteration is Park Street – still a cafe by day, but with a new focus on pasta and Venetian cicchetti (snacks for apero hour) at night.
Vanessa Gerner is working on the re-design which will still section off the larger cafe at night but expand on the seating area of the bar, and open up the kitchen. Inside, breakfasts will feature their own house-made bacon and sausages, and lead into Moroccan-style salads and pastas at lunch.
The pasta menu will likely feature pappardelles with rabbit or mushroom ragus and orecchiette with cavalo nero and parmesan. There will be osso bucco bianco and braised veal shins and meat balls rolled in polenta.
The Gerners have brought in new partners Kelly O'Loghlen, Shane Barrett and chefs Andrew Fisk and Russell Hall. The cafe closed on August 13 for renovations and will re-open early September. In the meantime a coffee cart will still be out the front slinging their house blend. Third time's a charm.