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168 LIT­TLE COLLINS ST, MEL­BOURNE 9654 6778 ILBACARO.COM.AU It’s sim­ple, stylish and seem­ingly al­ways filled with peo­ple hav­ing a good time. For more than two decades, Il Bacaro has been woo­ing us with old-school hospi­tal­ity, at­ten­tive ser­vice and time­less good looks.

What’s not to love about fat slices of ruby wagyu dressed with white an­chovy? Or translu­cent More­ton Bay bug meat tossed through a twirl of per­fect spaghet­tini with danc­ing chilli heat and a happy whack of gar­lic? Risotto of Jerusalem ar­ti­choke and crab is an al­lur­ing mar­riage of earthy creami­ness and the sweet sea, while the wine list is an im­pres­sive as­sem­bly of Ital­ian hits.

With no signs of fad­ing, this re­mains one of Mel­bourne’s most ac­com­plished and strik­ing – if ex­pen­sive – Ital­ian eater­ies. ■ Must-eat dish Spaghet­tini with More­ton Bay bugs ■ Cui­sine Ital­ian ■ Price $$$ ■ Chef David Del­lai ■ Book­ings Yes ■ Open Lunch & din­ner Mon-sat ■ In­sta­gram @il­bac­ar­omel­bourne

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