Mister Bianco is a true stalwart of the Melbourne dining scene. The perfect destination to experience authentic Italian flavours and southern Italian inspiration, the menu is an amazing blend of modern European and traditional Italian influences, all spanning from owner and chef Joseph Vargetto’s heritage, style and vision. eclectic seasonal food trends.
Due to customer demand, the restaurant will be opening its doors in Kew each Sunday from 3rd March 2019 to offer Melbournians a Sicilian Sunday experience – creating a destination for lunch and dinner feasts as well as functions.
The Sicilian Sunday Feast options will include a roast that changes regularly according to seasonal produce and will be perfect for the whole family or a group of friends to enjoy. And no, it’s not your average roast. Remaining authentically Italian, Joseph works with local suppliers to source the best produce so the Sunday roast menu will change on a regular basis to reflect what is in season.
We loved visiting Mister Bianco to experience the Sicilian Sundays offering. To start, house made focaccia and antipasti. Each element on the plate was a display of superlative flavours comprising of a respectable assembly of prosciutto, truffled pecorino and olives. The Prosciutto di Parma was in particular excellent possessing a richness that had been further enhanced by the flavours of its intense curing salt mix.
To follow a lovely appetiser of potato and octopus. The octopus was incredibly tender while retaining a robust structure courtesy of being expertly cooked. The accompanying potatoes were creamy and well-seasoned.
As expected from any great Italian eatery, Mister Bianco also makes excellent pasta dishes. The Ricotta gnocchi with slow cooked duck ragu and sage was no exception - A beautifully flavoursome dish which was highlighted by the light gnocchi. It was comfort food at its best.
Our favourite dish from our visit, the Braised beef cheeks was excellent – a memorable dish combining flawless texture with equally superlative flavours. The accompanying pickled radicchio created a delightful contrast while the hearty bed of maccheroni and cheese enhanced the richness and luxuriousness of the dish. Bellissimo!
To finish, you can’t really go wrong with dolce like tiramisu, and bombe Alaska. The bombe Alaska was a theatrical treat and boasted silky meringue and a creamy strawberry gelato centre. The tiramisu was similarly well made, with its flavour heavily dominated by the constituent alcoholic component. Both were simple traditional desserts that were well executed and thoroughly enjoyable.
If you’re after a delectable Sunday feasting session whether it be for lunch, dinner or private functions, you certainly won’t be disappointed at Mister Bianco.
What: Sicilian Sundays
When: Sundays from 3rd March 2019, 12-3pm & 6-11pm
Location: 285 High Street, Kew, VIC, 3102
Phone: 03 9853 6929