ROSA’S CAN­TEEN

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Delicious 100 -

CNR THOM­SON & LIT­TLE BOURKE STS, MEL­BOURNE 9602 5491 ROSASCANTE­EN.COM.AU If your idea of din­ing heaven is homely cook­ing, warm ser­vice and lit­tle chance of bill shock, as­cend the stairs to Rosa’s Can­teen.

Tucked away in the CBD’S le­gal dis­trict, this mez­za­nine space is tall and airy, with lou­vre win­dows over­look­ing leafy tree­tops.

Si­cil­ian-born hair­dresser­turned- chef Rosa Mitchell is the name­sake dy­namo, with bold Ital­ian flavours pre­vail­ing in the dual de­lights of pasta and dessert.

Twisted casarecci cling to a rich beef shin ragu, while ri­cotta ravi­oli cush­ion a ro­bust pork and fen­nel sauce. These bowls are best en­joyed with an Ital­ian red, good value here by the glass.

The ri­cotta-filled, pis­ta­chiodipped can­noli is justly renowned, as are the tart spe­cials, such as the silky choco­late ver­sion. Cheeky and oblig­ing ser­vice brings a smile, as will the well-priced bill. ■ Must-eat dish Ravi­oli with pork and fen­nel ■ Cui­sine Ital­ian ■ Price $ ■ Chefs Rosa Mitchell & Clare Bartell ■ Book­ings Yes ■ Open Lunch Mon-fri; din­ner Mon-sat ■ In­sta­gram @rosascante­en

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