Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons

Walk into the riverside Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons and you are immediately transported to a little slice of modern-day Rome. This eatery can be everything to everybody – a bar or trattoria, perfect for an intimate tête-à-tête or for a lively group. Tiled walls, grand yellow marble tables and handwritten feature walls add colour to an otherwise chic black expansive space. Authentic traditional dishes are best shared: perhaps a plate of mixed salumi meats to start, followed by grilled scallops with watercress and radish salad, and perfectly al dente spaghetti with crab, tomato and chilli baked in a paper bag. With a no-bookings policy, be prepared to wait or come early.

Contact information

Riverside, Crown Complex, Southbank; (03) 9694 7400; open daily for lunch and dinner

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