For more than a decade this big-hearted and soulful Italian eatery has captivated its loyal clientele of diners and wine lovers. The bar serves a clever concoction of options, including fantastic cocktails, but the dining room with its open kitchen is the hub of this spacious establishment. The menu of pasta dishes and meaty mains delights newcomers and entertains regulars with a feast of adventurous specials. Try the popular chilli-flour-dusted calamari, a perfect beef carpaccio or roast duck with muscatel sauce, and don’t miss the caramel-laced panna cotta for dessert.
11–25 Crossley St; (03) 9663 3000; open Mon–Sat for lunch and dinnercomments powered by Disqus