Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Melbourne review -

PASTA PER FAVORE Os­te­ria la Pas­sione is now Pasta

Ada­gio (above), owner-chef Carmine Con­stan­tini’s ode to tra­di­tional pasta and an­tipasti that em­braces the or­ganic and the house-made (the cured meats are a must). The bam­boo-floored, tim­ber-walled shopfront is the ideal back­drop to a menu of well-ex­e­cuted clas­sics – a bril­liant Mo­dena ragù with tagli­atelle, ca­vatelli with braised goat, bol­lito misto, tiramisù – and an im­pres­sive Ital­ian-proud wine list. 486 Bridge Rd, Rich­mond, (03) 9428 2558 THAT’LL DO, PIG For­mer River Cafe chef Glenn Lau­rie is keep­ing Hei­del­berg lo­cals happy with his sk­il­ful Ital­ian cook­ing at

Lit­tle Black Pig & Sons. The pasta dishes alone – taglierini with but­ter, truf­fles and egg yolk, and wild hare pap­pardelle – are enough to draw a crowd but meat (slow-roasted goat with lemon and an­chovies), an­tipasti (buf­falo moz­zarella with broad beans, mint and pecorino) and a short, all-Ital­ian wine list also make the trip worth­while. 48 Bur­gundy St, Hei­del­berg, (03) 9459 9114 RE­BIRTH IN BRUNSWICK Sport­ing retro-Euro café-bar duds – Vene­tian blinds, hand-crafted tim­ber bar – Amar­illo has a com­pact menu of dishes that starts at oys­ters, an­chovy toasts and char­cu­terie, and works its way to bowls of mus­sels, and ri­cotta gnoc­chi with peas and lemon zest. Light and serene by day, dimly lit and lively by night, Amar­illo is proof that Brunswick Street is re­dis­cov­er­ing its mojo. 149 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, (03) 9415 9367

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