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