Tag Archives: Melbourne Italian Restaurant

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 RagĂș Bolognese“. A simple dish with good sauce, perfectly cooked pasta.

Pappardelle

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

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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