This wine bar and restaurant in Milton is great spot serving seasonal and authentic Italian food.
We visited on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was fully booked, so we are glad we had booked ahead. Despite the full restaurant, service was efficient and meals came in a timeline manner.
The restaurant set up has a couple of bar tables out front, outdoor dining in the courtyard and indoors. The kitchen is in a separate space across the courtyard but the open kitchen style meant you could see the chefs in action busily working away and the huge woodfired oven for their pizzas.
Head chef Filippo Cozzani has curated a menu boasting interesting Northern Italian dishes that were rustic in their flavours and creation, yet modern and fine dining like in their presentation. They use Italian imported products and wines to provide an authentic Experience.
Beginning with some outstanding wood fired scallops; with a soy and parsley emulsion, lime foam and a black squid ink coral. The flavour combinations worked beautifully and the scallops were cooked to perfection.
The grilled octopus tentacle, served on a cauliflower and ginger purée and a squid ink salt was soft inside and nicely grilled on the outside. A lovely starter that was also great to share.
The “Riso, patate e Cozze” was a potato rice dish that is a starchy / congee like consistency, flavoured with a good amount of lemon and zest with plump mussels sitting in the mix, presented with the squid ink corals and drizzled with a parsley chlorophyll dressing. It was an interesting dish that we haven’t seen before but it was definitely enjoyable.
The eggplant dish was a charred eggplant filled with roasted vegetables; such as potato, onion sitting on a red capsicum mayonnaise. The charring of the eggplant gave the dish a good smokiness too it and the medley of vegetables were nice and softly roasted. It would be good to have this come with a slice of bread to mop up the extra sauce.
We also had the “vegan maccheroni”, the pasta tossed in a zucchini and pesto sauce. A good vegan dish and for those not vegan, it comes with goats cheese, which probably steps this dish up another level.
There’s so many different dishes we would have happily ordered as well as a long list of woodfired pizzas. This does give us the incentive to return in the future.
They use certified organic flour and can also make pastas gluten free if needed.
On our visit we didn’t have the space for desserts; but if you so, there’s your traditional Italian options like tiramisu, pannacotta or Nutella calzones.
Drink wise, it is a bar so there’s an extensive wine list with plenty of Italian varieties and we like that the menu lists the best pairing for each food option. Plenty of beers and cocktails too that complements the dining experience.
3/65 Princes Highway