130 Acland Street
Only accepting reservations for lunch, with dinner being walk-in only, Cicciolina’s confidence in a full seating each and every night is well deserved, with pastas proving to be their strong suit.
Cicciolina was fully booked for Thursday lunch. Despite being seated at close to quarter to 3, there was still a large crowd positively bustling with noise, slowing the service down a tad.
Leek and Blue Cheese Tart served with Quince Paste and Rocket Leaves ($15.5)
Despite being an avid blue cheese lover, the tart was fairly ordinary. You couldn’t miss the blue cheese, but the leeks were lacking in sweetness and flavour.
Souffle of Blue Swimmer Crab Meat, Shallot and Lemon Thyme served on a Champagne and Chive Veloute ($20.5)
The creamy veloute was light, making it a good accompaniment to the savoury souffle, which was generously composed of crab meat. I am inclined to agree with fatbooo’s observation that there are hints of Asian flavours, in this dish at the very least.
Risotto with Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, Spinach & Truffle Oil ($25.5)
Cooked beautifully with just the right amount of bite, the risotto was fragrant with truffle oil drizzles and juicy tender mushroom slivers.
Linguini Pasta with Sauteed Prawns, Spanish Onion, Basil, Chilli & Lemon ($32.5)
The pasta was cooked al dente, with large juicy prawns, coated in a light yet delicious garlic, lemon and olive oil dressing.
Hearty robust good italian food, you smell it as soon as you step in and it promises to deliver. I wouldn’t mind trying a meat or two next time I drop by, but the pastas are a safe bet. Cicciolina is loud and lively - a good place for a satisfying pasta and wine.
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