Scopri Article Lead - narrow
Scopri Article Lead - narrow 

191 Nicholson St Carlton, VIC 3053

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Opening hours Tue-Fri 12 Noon – 10:00 PM, Sat 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Features Accepts bookings, Breakfast-brunch, BYO, Degustation, Events, Gluten-free options, Groups, Licensed, Long lunch, Private dining, Romance-first date, Vegetarian friendly
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Andy Logue
Seats 60
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9347 8252

Pride in the food of Italy's various regions shines forth at this little gem, discreetly set on a stretch of Nicholson Street that doesn't see a lot of foot traffic. There's a happily subdued atmosphere in the pleasant dining room with its whitewashed walls, stiff napery, dark wood and framed Barbaresco posters. Dinner might begin with well-rested quail, pancetta-wrapped, grilled and licked with sticky vincotto, then proceed through delicate John Dory-stuffed squid-ink ravioli in crayfish bisque (seafood is a feature in the primi piatti) or a gelatinous wet roast of kid in white wine with aromatic vegetables. Risotto, offered in two sizes, comes with proudly house-made tomato passata and smoked ricotta. Perhaps conclude with a cannolo, a thin pastry cylinder filled with coffee gelato, sweetened ricotta and hazelnut zabaglione. The wine-matching expertise and unforced hospitality of co-owner Anthony Scutella should ensure you step back out to the street with a sense of genuine warmth.