The Recollection Diaries: Italy

My recollection Strongest memory: On one of our last days in Florence, my family all had independent activities planned. The others were doing various day trips, but Andy and I wanted to stay local and do something relaxing. We packed a picnic blanket, our sketchbooks (to clarify, I’m not an artist and the occasions on which…

La Bella Italia

La Bella Italia (10 Nevis Street, Petone) Yum, yum, yum, this place has the goods! People had told me that it was a good place to visit out in Petone, but I never really paid any attention until we spontaneously decided to go. This place is seriously awesome! It was like a big Italian warehouse,…

Bastardo

Bastardo (82 Tory Street) Replacing what used to be Pan De Muerto, Bastardo is brought to us by the same people behind Cicio Cacio and is just as delicious. The place aims for an Italian-American theme, and manages to pull it off beautifully. All of the wait staff are foreign, which only adds to the ambience. The…

Fratelli

Fratelli (15 Blair Street) This place caught my attention during Wellington On a Plate 2016. It received some absolutely glowing reviews, and I was baffled because I live just down the road and could have sworn that I had never noticed this place. I made it my mission to go, and together with a group…

La Pancetta

La Pancetta (123 Main Street, Greytown) We had been recommended to visit this spot by a number of our friends, so we were both pretty excited. We had taken a look at the menu beforehand, and had agreed there wasn’t much choice; especially with our recent decision to omit beef from our diets. Not that limited…

Pacinos

Pacinos Italian Family Restaurant (300 Epsom Road, Flemington) The main reason we visted Pacinos was because it was in Flemington, close to the race course, which was convenient for us because that was where Cirque De Soleil was on – and we were going to it! The circus started relatively early, so we wanted to…

Max on Hardware

Max on Hardware (54 – 58 Hardware Lane) We had been wandering the streets for way too long; a group of six looking for dinner in Melbourne can be quite a difficult task! Most places don’t seem to accept bookings, but six people usually means a decent wait at most places too. And then when…

Portofino

Portofino (26 Victoria Road, Devonport) The restaurant is a million times better than its website, I promise! Up a cute little alley way and then up some stairs, Portofino is on the second storey of a building that overlooks the main street of Devonport. Serving upper-class Italian food, the menu is extensive – and while not…

Cicio Cacio

Cicio Cacio (167 Riddiford Street, Newtown) One of my new favourite places Cicio Cacio is so beautiful, so intimate and so delicious. We had to check with the waiter how it was pronounced, and I can confirm that it is “Chichio, Ca-chio” and that, in fact, it translates to “Chubby Cheeks” after the cheeks of one of…

Jamie’s Italian

  Jamie’s Italian (107 Pitt Street) A dream come true, this was an unexpected surprise. We were at the apartment, without wifi and on a bit of time restriction because we were due to meet up with friends. We had no idea where to go for dinner (and couldn’t research anywhere) but we had noticed that…