Nino Borsari was a legend in the Melbourne Italian community having won a gold medal at the 1932 Olympic games as a pursuit cyclist he settled here and became a huge supporter of the Italian community. He opened a bike shop at what came to be known as Borsari Corner which later became a restaurant which has served authentic Italian cuisine for over 40 years.
Nino may be gone but memories of him and his activities line the walls of the restaurant and it is well worth taking a few minutes to look at some of the highlights of his life.
The restaurant now has an enclosed street side eating area as well as a white clothed, slightly more formal dining area.
The menu is very Italian. Pasta and veal dominate although there are plenty of other options. An attractive option is a three course menu for $52 which effectively offers choices off the a la carte menu.
We tried the antipasti vari. I expected a variety of meats but only one, though plenty of it, a very good ham accompanied by some peppers, rocket, a hard boiled egg and some pickled cucumber. Totally unexpected but a very decent serve of good food.
A scampi avocado salad was reminiscent of a prawn cocktail, so popular years ago. This would not have added to their reputation.
Tiramisu was too much even for two.
In summary solid domestic style typical Italian food. Plenty to eat efficiently served in comfortable surroundings by knowledgeable waiters.