The Italian food renaissance of Melbourne continues. It seems like there is a great Italian restaurant opening every week.
In recent times I have been a regular of Sarti and Fatto, but when I heard of Tipo 00, it moved quickly up the must try list.
Decked out with a modern interior, Tipo 00 is very inviting but can be a bit noisy once it fills up. The menu is all round very appealing and the $55 chef menu is a tough one to turn down as are the carafes of local and imported reds.
Food was very quick to arrive, the appetiser dishes included two perfect arancini balls that were super crunchy and fluffy. The creamy burrata cheese and sourdough with tomoatos was also a great affair of texture and flavour
Our pasta dishes included the Tagliolini al nero which is reminiscent of the squid ink dish at Sarti. Flavour wise it was good, but the pasta had a slightly floury texture. The best was saved for last, Gnocchi di patate. super pillowy gnocchi with a rich duck/mushroom braise.
Time was starting to get away from us, but there was just enough time for desert and thankfully we committed to it, The Tipomisu is an epic affair, rich, creamy with a decadent caramel/coffee/salt sauce. Worth coming back for this alone.
Tipo 00 is a veritable bargain at $55 for the chefs menu. Excellent food, wine and service. I may have found a new Italian favourite.
361 Little Bourke Street