Rosa’s Canteen: The Italian Nonna you always wished for

Seafood pasta at Rosa's Kitchen

I always wished I had an Italian Nonna to feed me up with pasta and pinch my cheeks.  I think I’m well and truly past the age of adoption now so I console myself instead with regular visits to Rosa Mitchell’s restaurants.  Mitchell’s food is simple, hearty and always delicious.   She’s now expanded from

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Does Tipo 00 have the best pasta in Melbourne?

Pasta with mushrooms and wagyu bresaola at Tipo 00

“It’s the best pasta in Melbourne” said the young guy at the table next to me as he slurped down his spaghetti affumicati.  It’s a big call to make but Tipo 00 certainly seems to take its pasta seriously.  Even the name is a giveaway, referencing the finely milled Italian flour which makes the best

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Grand Masters at The Grand Hotel Richmond

Tuna tartare at The Grand

Celebrity chefs are so 2014.  What about the unsung hero of restaurants: the service staff? A few weeks ago I was invited to a special dinner at The Grand in Richmond celebrating three of The Grand’s waiting team.  Long serving staff members Branco Cokesa, Alex Almatrah and Peter Watt have worked in hospitality for over 40

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Olivigna brings Tuscany to Warrandyte: La Sala

Pasta feast at Olivigna

I’m one of those Melbourne obsessives who thinks that Melbourne is the best city in the world to live in.  But one of the things I do miss about my time in London is the easy access to Europe for quick getaways.  Australia can feel very isolated sometimes.  But luckily for me about 15 years

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Not so friendly at Fatto Bar and Cantina

Arancini at Fatto

A child unfriendly restaurant could be a positive thing. If you don’t have children or want to escape your own children and other people’s for a night a restaurant which positively discourages kids could only be a good thing.  But if you do want to bring your baby or child along to eat out with

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