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The Italian

19 Jul

My boyfriend and I headed to the famous Melbourne eatery “The Italian” for his birthday lunch.

I had heard great things about this place so was excited to give it a try.

Not surprisingly given it’s a fine dining restaurant, there were few vegetarian options.

For my entree I ordered the caprese salad –> tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella

Caprese Salad

And for my main I selected the “roast butternut pumpkin ravioli with sage cream and ameretti”


My boyfriend and I shared sides of chips with aioli and the rocket, fennel and parmesan salad.


Rocket salad

I underestimated how generous the servings would be (I usually find fine dining portion sizes are quite small) and we committed the sin of over ordering and being unable to finish all of our food.

With this being said, everything I ordered was gorgeous and tantalising.

I loved every meal that emerged, including the bread with olive oil and olives at the start.

A meal like this isn’t complete without dessert.

So we shared the Vanilla panna cotta with strawberries, blueberries and mint and the Crème brûlée – needless to say they were both creamy, indulgent and melted in my mouth.

Crème brûlée

Vanilla Panna Cotta


The Italian is an institution and it’s not hard to see why.

The service was attentive and friendly (without being pretentious) and the atmosphere was relaxing.

I will definitely be back when I can!

Vegetarian options: 4/10
Food: 8.5/10
Decor/interior: 9/10
Service: 8/10
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