Last Monday was a public holiday to commerate ANZAC day (which fell on Sunday).
The Boy said, “Get dressed, we’re going out!”
We went to the beach and strolled hand in hand (he’s going to say I’m de-awesomenizing him) into Cafe Di Stasio
Initial impressions… Excellent service.. the Maitre D who served us was amazingly professional, friendly and funny all at once.. he kind of reminded me of a very good butler in English/French literature… you know the type.. poised and springs upon you when you need them (in a good way)…
We were seated next to a Bill Henderson photograph a famous (or should I say infamous) artist.
The interior was cool and calm… with door handles in the shape of a hand…
Venetian masks set the mood as the lighting features on the walls…
Warm yellow lights cascade to bathe the tables with a romantic glow
My tally of glasses starts at an impressive 3!
On to the menu, I highly recommend (as does The Age Good Food Guide), the Slow Food – A Season Lunch option which is valued at $39 and you get to have 2 courses and a glass of wine/coffee
We start of with bread and butter (as you do)
As usual, I skipped the entree and dived straight into the mains.
I ordered a Cotoletta di Maiale Con Insalata, which is a Crumbed pork escalopes with fennel and apple salad
Lightly crumbed and crispy to perfection, it was perfect (Imagine the Italian guy saying it from that Perfect Italiano ad)
The Boy was boring and opted for a Pesce del Giorno, which is a choice of pan fried or char-grilled fish of the day (Which was King Dory fillets) $34.00 (Main Lunch Menu)
I LOVED that the lemon came wrapped up in a netting cloth…
We also ordered some French Fries to share =) $9.50
For dessert, I had the Dolce del Giorno (I think), which was an Amaretto tart with creme fraiche and hazelnuts as well as Amaretto liqueur
The Boy had the Profiterole al Cioccolato which was delicious Chantilly cream profiteroles with chocolate and cognac sauce $14.50 (really strong and bitter and dark) just the way I like it!
Drink tally at the end of the meal… 4! I had to finish off with an Italian made Caffe Latte (very good!)
Next time, we’re definitely trying the pasta’s and risotto dishes… I can see why, as it is, it earned it’s 2 chef’s hat =P
Food/ Cuisine: Modern Italian
Overall Food Rating: 8/10
Restaurant ambiance: 8.5/10
Service/ Attitude: 8/10 (NEW RATING FEATURE!!!)
Value for money: 8.5/10 (Highly recommend the Slow Lunch Menu $39 for a 2 course and a drink!)
31 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda 3182
Tel:(03) 9525 3999
Café Di Stasio is open
seven days throughout the year
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