While good Italian restaurants seem nearly ubiquitous in Melbourne, good Italian restaurants serving perfectly cooked risotto are not. Fortunately for us, there’s Vicolo Cafe & Risotto Bar, the Moonee Ponds restaurant serving delectable dishes and inspiring risottos.
A selection of starters
The starting plates at Vicolo are meant to be shared, providing ample opportunity to try several dishes. A favourite was the polpette, a recipe by owner, Maria Larosa’s nonna.
The Risotto Anatra was irresistible. Served with tender braised duck and earthy porcini mushrooms, the risotto had a beautiful depth of flavour.
Squid ink risotto with calamari, roast garlic & parsley
The rice in the risotto was puffy and al-dente and, coupled with generous amounts of tender squid pieces and a jet black squid ink broth, was rich and headily flavoured.
Our evening at Vicolo concluded on a sweet note. Both our desserts of sticky date pudding and ricotta cheesecake were delicious.
Quietly tucked away in Young St, Vicolo is Moonee Ponds Best Kept Secret. The restaurant offers a relaxing family environment and a menu that captures the traditional flavours of Italy and in particular, perfectly prepared and authentic risotto.
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Vicolo Cafe & Risotto Bar.