Montibello is as true to Italian cuisine as it is to humble Montmorency. Think honest, simple, soulful dishes to serve to residents of all walks. From families and couples to enjoy for a special occasion, to casual drop-ins for a hearty meal or pizza before footy or netball.
The brainchild of Cathy and Alex, this place runs like a well oiled machine. No surprise given the duo run one of Montmorency’s busiest brunch spots - Espresso 3094. True to their Mediterranean roots, the pair are feeders, which means they’re passionate about good food that leaves you feeling satisfied and fulfilled. The same ethos applies at Montibello, a true culinary gift for their extended local family in Monty.
The kitchen is in safe hands under the guidance of head chef, Franco Italia (yes that’s really his last name). Franco was born and bred in Sicily and has an impressive career which spans across top restaurants like SUD, Carmines Bistro and Centonove. At Montibello Franco focuses on refining “Casa Linga” or Italian home-style cooking.
We loved tasting our way through the delectable menu. As expected of any great Italian eatery, the pastas are fabulous. The Ravioli was stunning. Al dente pasta encased mushrooms and truffle and was finished in a luxurious burnt butter, sage and pecorino sauce. The lasagna was similarly delicious - hearty and bursting with flavour.
Pizzas are yet another highlight at Montibello. The appeal of their pizza lies in its beautiful crusts and the use of quality produce. As tomato and cheese are staple ingredients in almost every pizza on the menu, it is crucial that they get it right. And fortunately, they do. The prosciutto pizza we enjoyed was a whole lot of yum. Picture perfect and topped with buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomato, San Daniele prosciutto, rocket and shaved parmasen.
If you're not much of a sharer then the mains will leave you incredibly satisfied. You cannot go wrong with the steak. It's cooked to your liking and is simply beautiful. Otherwise, try the chicken cotoletta alla Siciliana - Tender crumbed chicken baked with a generous topping of napoli sauce, mozarella and oregano.
Whatever you do, make sure you save room for dessert. Both the desserts we tried were fabulous. The cannoli is a thing of beauty and stuffed with sweet ricotta, candied fruit, chocolate and pistachio. The semifreddo, again, delicious. Perfect for a summery day, its made of cherry, chocolate and topped wth Pandoro crumble.
Montibello presents a compelling proposition - Relaxing surrounds, a beautiful Italian meal and warm hospitality.
Location: 61 Were Street, Montmorency
Phone: 03 9435 1115