No frills Italian hangout
This long standing Melbourne institution serves up Italian comfort food with no frills — a bit slap-n-dash for one of a better word. Either eat at the bar and watch the staff serving up dishes, making coffees and cleaning plates at the same time or sit at the back where you can see the nonnas cooking up the daily specials in the busy hot kitchen. It might not be the best food or service but it certainly has some down-to-earth atmosphere which makes you feel like you're in a little bar or someone's home in Italy — with a bit of imagination. Basic desserts are also available if you have room after your decently sized pasta. If you're a fan of the model Christy Turlington then check out the photo on the old looking wall of memorabilia.
PROS: Decently sized portions, Efficient service (when they notice you), Interesting retro decor, Down-to-earth service
CONS: Can be hard to get a seat during busy times, Noisy and chaotic, Food is pretty basic
MUST TRY: Granita for a refreshing drink