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Tipo 00 a.k.a. 2015 Obsession

I have a Tipo 00 problem.   It was the restaurant that I frequented the most in 2015.  I’m pretty sure I was there at least 2x a month from about July onwards.  Good news:  I got to try almost everything from their delicious menu.  Bad news:  the wallet is lighter, the waist is wider and I ignored a lot of other new places.

This is my homage to Tipo 00, the love of my 2015.

Entrees:  from the moment the yummy focaccia comes out at the start of the meal,  you’re hooked.  It’s amazing with salt, olive oil and cheese.  My personal favourite of all the entrees is the arancini with mushrooms.


Goes without saying, the pasta is amazing.   The most famous of them all is the “Tagliolini al nero – squid ink tagliolini, squid & bottarga” but my favourite is the “Gnocchi di patate – braised duck, porcini mushroom & pecorino” in it’s pillowy perfection.


For desserts, again, all very very good.  But amazing is the “Tipomisù – chocolate, coffee & mascarpone“.   Can’t go past the amazing dark chocolate cake with the super rich coffee chocolate sauce.


I’ve actually had to impose a ban on myself from going to Tipo too much this year.  And after posting these pictures, I’m questioning my decision.   I seriously can’t articulate how much I love this place.

For more info and reviews:
Tipo 00 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rosetta Ristorante

Every time I walk past Rosetta Ristorante I am in awe of how gorgeous the restaurant looks. Naturally, I expect matching food. And the food does match, in that it’s sophisticated and refined. However, this is pasta! And I want hearty wholesome rich dishes of Italian goodness – which means I wanted bigger serves!

As I was there with my friends Mariella and Kristine, we shared 2 pasta dishes and a dessert.

Started with the “Agnolotti alla Plin” which was described as small ravioli of roast rabbit, veal and pork. It was amazingly tasty morsels of pasta with a nice mix of textures (buttery sauce, silky pasta, meaty filling).

Agnolotti alla Plin

Next up we had the “Pappardelle Ragú Bolognese“. A simple dish with good sauce, perfectly cooked pasta.


Dessert was an exceedingly cold “Torrone al Cioccolato” which was a frozen chocolate, peanut and coconut semi freddo. I was not a big fan of this one. It was a bit hard and difficult to eat, and the taste lacked a certain panache.

Torrone al Cioccolato

So, overall, good pasta but serves could be bigger. Dessert left much to be desired. Would I go again? Yes, as I think Rosetta deserves a second chance. Watch this space.

For more info and reviews:
Rosetta on Urbanspoon

Mama Baba (Not Melbourne’s Best Italian Restaurant)

So, the title of this post is a dig at the restaurant for having the audacity of putting itself as the “Melbourne’s Best Italian Restaurant” when you google it! Mama Baba is NOT by any stretch of the imagination Melbourne’s best Italian restaurant. One of the reasons I blog is to remember where I’ve been and where I do not want to go again. This is one of those in the latter list.

Was there at the start of the year, and had a late night dinner. Started with the intriguing moussaka fritters, which were quite good.

Moussaka Fritters

We then had pasta dishes, mine was the prawn filled ravioli whilst my boyfriend had a spiral pasta with breadcrumbs. Positives of the meal was that it was nice generous serves of pasta. Not so positive was that the taste was very one dimensional and after the first few bites, it started to taste like the same mouthful of food.

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I’m normally a bit more complimentary towards restaurants, but the way that this restaurant is portraying itself is totally rubbing me the wrong way. As can be seen from the urbanspoon reviews, clearly the mismatch of expectation is not just me!

Mama Baba on Urbanspoon

Great Italian Food at Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons

Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons (GAS) really do a spectacular job of cooking delicious Italian food.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve dined there, but I know I’ve never been disappointed.

Had a heartwarming winter dinner there, which started with wonderfully crispy ‘Baccala Fritto” Crispy Salt Balls, Aioli”.   Interesting flaky crispy texture filled with creamy potato with salty shreds of cod running through it.  Yum!

I can’t resist cured meat.  If I recall correctly, “Salumi Ossocullo” is a cut of meat from the neck of the pig.   It was tasty.

Given the Melbourne weather has been a bit cold and dreary, the “Risotto “alla Milanese”, Saffron, Minced Pork Sausage, Finished with Parsley & Bone Marrow” was the perfect homely and warm dish to counter the outside elements.  Rich in texture and flavour, with perfectly cooked rice.

The perfectly seasoned “Grass Fed Sirloin on the Bone 450 Grams Firm Texture, Full Flavoured, Parmesan Herb Crumbed Onion Rings” goes extremely well with a side of crunchy “Potaotes, Rosemary, Garlic”.

Dessert for the night was “Baked Chocolate Pot, Chocolate Pearls Served Chilled”.  It was creamy silky dark chocolate perfection.

Great atmosphere, good food.  Can’t wait to dine here again!

For more info:
Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons on Urbanspoon

Merchant… Thanks Guy for the excellent pasta!

Popped into Merchant for a quick lunch a few Friday’s ago, and I was absolutely delighted by the pasta dishes!  Heard mixed reviews, so my expectations were reserved.

The service was extremely good – attentive waiters who responded to everything and constantly topped up our water.  What I loved was that when we arrived, they offered us belinnis!  A belinni is a combination of prosecco and peach puree – delicious!

However, they did mix up our entree dish where we asked for “Almond crusted coffin bay scallops” but instead received “Marinated octopus“… there were apologies etc and we decided to keep the dish and try it.  I’m not a big fan of octopus, so I can’t say more than this:  it was tangy and the consistency was like cooked white fish.

I was in the mood for a good homely gnocchi dish and ordered the “Gnocchi, braised ox tail ragu” and wow was it exactly what I wanted!  I’m a bit of a gnocchi snob so for this to blow me away means that it was fantastic!  Pillowy soft and full of potato flavour, engulfed by a rich meaty ragu – yum!

My friend had the “Bigoli Mori Rosso, crab, radicchio” and I had a taste and it was awesome!  Bigoli Mori Rosso is a type of pasta (buckwheat?) and the dish was loaded with crabmeat so it was a good textural mix.

Overall, it was a good experience mainly due to the pasta dishes being superb.  I’m dying to go back to have more pasta!

For more info and reviews:
Merchant on Urbanspoon

Barbuto… amazing roast chicken!

I loved having lunch here so much that we came here twice during our 11 day stay in NYC.  Barbuto has that perfect mix of casual dining with great fresh food.   Dishes are the old favourites and priced reasonably.  We were there in summer, so it was really lovely sitting there with the blinds up and the cool breeze coming through.

For the tourists (like me!) this was also a great spot to lunch prior to shopping in the East Village!  Also, it’s close to Magnolia cupcakes.

The dish that we had each time we visited was the “pollo al forno” described as roasted JW chicken and salsa verde.  Succulent chicken, crispy skin with herbs.  Yum!

Jonathan Waxman Barbuto roast chicken

The “linguetinne alla carbonara” had pancetta, farmhouse eggs, black pepper and parmesan and was a well done version of the old fav carbonara.  The dish was massive!  I struggled through it for lunch as it was quite rich and salty.

Jonathan Waxman Barbuto

The “insalata di bistecca” was a arugula salad with skirt steak, parmesan and vinegar.  It was a nice fresh salad with nice pieces of steak through it.

Jonathan Waxman Barbuto

The “patate” side dish was fantastic!  The potatoes were super crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.   It was served with pecorino cheese and rosemary.   If anyone knows how they make these potatoes, please let me know!

Last but not least is the dessert.  It was awesome!  Had biscuit bits, banana, cream, chocolate sauce and ice cream.  Great way to end the meal.

I loved everything about this place.  The location, the service, the atmosphere, the layout, and most importantly the food.  I’d happily eat here again and again and again…

For more info and reviews:

Barbuto on Urbanspoon