Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Introduction: A family style Trattoria at 99 Dundas Place, Albert Park, serving substantial Itslan food
Ambience: Bustling with a large portrait of Mona Lisa looking down on the main dining room. The waiters describe the Italian menu in a mixture of clearly ennunciated Italian followed by solid Australian accents!
Service: Very friendly
Food: a good range of dishes. I started with crumbed lamb brains on a bed of leaves with olives and pine nuts with a caper sauce which improved greatly with some salt. The main of crumbed pork chop stuffed with pork liver, a sort of variation on beef Wellington!, did not work well because the liver totally overwhelmed the delicate taste of the pork. the vegetables - roast potato in its jacket, sweet corn on the cob roast pumpkin and green beans all tasted very good but missed out in presentation. The snapper fillet was served with the same vegetables and was surprisingly dry and tough. their pie was more of a pastry covered seafood and chicken soup than the consistancy one expects from a pie.
Their creme brulee was excellent a smooth creamy texture rarely achieved at other restaurants
Wine: A good range depicted on blackboards around the room. I particularly enjoyed the Massoni 2001 Pinot Noir ($50)
Price: about average for suburban restaurants Entrees about $16 Mains about $26 Desserts $12
Comments: A little bit of Italy in Albert Park