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Best Italian

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Cafe Bedda

Sicilian food

High St, Northcote

Price: dearish

 

From their pork sausage with lentils to their quail and roast vegetables, the food is great. However, you might find the waiters are disinterested, or sleazy. Last time I went, I poked the hole in the salt shaker in an effort to make the salt come out and the whole container of salt spilt in the middle of the table. Sound funny? It was until my partner and I were interrogated by the head waiter on what, why, when and how it happened. Not impressed by surly service but the food is memorable! (Jenny)

 

Stuart and I finally got there last weekend. I think I may have seen the potentially sleazy waiter, but the lovely middle-aged Italian guy serving us was both attentive and delightfully amusing. The baked artichoke with garlic, parsley and bread crumbs and the mussels and pipis in white wine and garlic were superb. The conchiglie with sausage ragout was very nice, but we thought perhaps a bit 'meaty'(admittedly a stupid thing to say about pasta with sausage bits) and I'll have to get Stuart to edit this to remember what he had. All in all, a very satisfying though slightly dear experience (about $65 and we brought our own wine, but then we did have two courses...). (tammois)

 

Il Vicolo

Grattan St, Carlton

Price: dearish, but $23 3-course lunch with a glass of wine

 

This being the division's second foray this year to Il Vicolo, we now feel we can speak with some authority... My seafood salad was lovely, though I'm not entirely sold on the sauce, which was reminiscent of prawn cocktail sauce in Vegas, ie. kinda ordinary. Next came the lamb cutlets au jus with lovely kipfler potatoes and green salad on the side - the lamb was pink in the centre and tender delectation. Sadly, a colleague or two had the crumbed whiting and thought it was similar to the 'frozen in a box' variety, which is weird, because Moravians aren't normally that critical.

 

The meal finished for me with a pungent plate of French cheeses, including a hard sheep's cheese whose name I shall never remember let alone pronounce correctly, and a succulent d'affinois, served with toasted baguette drizzled with olive oil and thinly sliced pear... the perfect ending to a lovely meal at a very very long table. (tammois)

 

Tiamo

Lygon St, Carlton

Price: medium

Tiamo and Tiamo II are both still serving delicious pastas and strong lattes as the Lygon Street tradition always intended. Today I had the tortellini in a lovely creamy sauce with mushrooms and MrKistic had the penne ragu - both were delicious. You can have freshly shaved parmesan and freshly ground pepper added at the table, which is pleasantly located very near Readings. Unlike some of its local competitors, the food here is not dumbed down for a tourist market, nor is anyone outside spruiking for the same. (tammois)

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