191 Nicholson St Carlton, VIC 3053
|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)|
|Payments||Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||03 9347 8252|
You'll find flavours inspired by both ends of the Italian peninsula in this intimate spot, where the lighting is low, the linen crisp and the background noise seldom rises above a happy murmur. Antipasti and house-made bread are delivered pronto to help take the edge off your appetite. They may precede local wagyu bresaola or an artfully arranged octopus salad, with slices of potato standing amid borlotti beans and crisp celery in a tangy garlic dressing. House-made pasta is a rightfully popular choice for entree, but the riso nero 'al salto' is an intriguing and flavourful alternative. squid ink risotto formed into 'bricks' and pan-fried until crunchy outside, then served with fish ragu. Mains are hearty and might include a generous portion of berkshire pork belly with wafer-thin crackling, accompanied by cannellini beans and roasted cherry tomatoes. The romantic atmosphere and tortino caprese, a fudgy chocolate cake with house-made vanilla ice-cream, may leave you humming That's Amore.