The spir­i­tual home of Mel­bourne’s Ital­ian com­mu­nity is still one of the best places in the coun­try to shop for food and drink cof­fee like an Ital­ian,

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - OCT - writes MICHAEL HARDEN.

Shop, eat and drink cof­fee like an Ital­ian in Carl­ton.

Two forth­com­ing Carl­ton ven­tures are quick­en­ing pulses: the re­open­ing later this year of the re­fur­bished and ex­panded King & God­free deli and wine store, and a new Si­cil­ian 100-seater called Mr Pi­etro by Kaprica’s Pi­etro Barba­gallo. DELI

DOC Del­i­catessen Any busi­ness with a glass-walled, cli­mate-con­trolled room for keep­ing its pro­sciutto and other sa­lumi in tip-top con­di­tion and that treats its equally im­pres­sive ar­ray of cheese – from aged parme­san to fresh moz­zarella – with sim­i­lar care is a friend of ours. 330 Ly­gon St, Carl­ton, (03) 9347 8482, doc­ BAKER

Baker D Chirico Un­du­lat­ing join­ery makes this one of the ’hood’s most beau­ti­ful shops, but there’s beauty, too, in Daniel Chirico’s range of sour­dough bread (from whole­meal to fruit loaf ), cus­tard-filled bom­boloni and queue-at­tract­ing sea­sonal fare such as panet­tone. 178 Fara­day St, Carl­ton, Vic, (03) 9349 3445, bak­erd­ BUTCHER

Donati’s Fine Meats The strains of Ital­ian opera, owner Leo Donati’s brac­ingly frank man­ner and some of the finest rab­bit, veal, pork and pork prod­ucts in Mel­bourne make this butcher shop, here since the 1960s, a Carl­ton land­mark. 402 Ly­gon St, Carl­ton, Vic, (03) 9347 4948 COF­FEE

Brunetti There are other ar­ti­sanal cof­fee mak­ers in Carl­ton (Fara­day Street’s Mar­ket Lane Cof­fee, for ex­am­ple), but noth­ing beats the mar­ble-and-brass Ro­man style of Brunetti. The cof­fee’s solid – kind of like you’d find in Italy – the ex­pe­ri­ence un­for­get­table. 380 Ly­gon St, Carl­ton, Vic,

(03) 9347 2801, GE­LATO

Pi­dapipò Owner and ge­lato-maker Lisa Val­mor­bida went to Carpi­giani Ge­lato Univer­sity in Bologna and re­turned with a purist ap­proach – noth­ing frozen, whole milk and only fresh fruit for flavour­ing. The re­sult is gor­geously tex­tured ge­lato scooped from lid­ded pozzetti. The pis­ta­chio is re­mark­able and there’s also a Nutella foun­tain. Gen­er­ous serv­ings, too. 299 Ly­gon St, Carl­ton, Vic, (03) 9347 4596, pi­ PIZZA

Kaprica Pi­etro Barba­gallo makes Si­cil­ian-style pizza with care and skill in this rus­tic for­mer garage. There’s pasta, too, and Amer­i­canos, but the pizze are non-ne­go­tiable, from sim­ple Margher­i­tas to fancier pies such as salmone with mas­car­pone and roe. 19 Lin­coln Sq, Carl­ton, Vic, (03) 9347 1138

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