113 Collins Street
Located along George Parade, the little alleyway next to Hermes. There was a time when I was quite fond of Il Solito Posto, but it’s been a while since I’ve been back. My last visit was probably a year ago, where I had my usual, Pasta Fruitti di Mare.
There’s a restaurant tucked in the back, but I’m fond of the cosy little bistro up front. Slightly worn, but familiar and a pretty good business lunch spot.
Zuppa - Cannelloni Bean & Silverbeet ($10)
Sweet strong celery flavour, quite light with chunky vegetables. I’ve had a few good creamy pureed soups here, so this was a little disappointing.
Veal Ragu - Spaghetti, Veal, Tomato & Rosemary Ragu ($25)
Opting for spaghetti over the penne, it had a soft bite, with tender veal in a rich ragu and an intense rosemary & parsley fragrance.
Spaghetti Fruitti di Mare - Fresh Fish, Prawns, Calamari, Mussels, Chilli, Garlic & Napoli Sauce ($32)
Opting for the spaghettini over the linguine and with a napoli base, even though from memory they do a good standard aglio olio. The spaghetti has a good bite, the fish could be fresher though the rest of the seafood was quite fresh.
Truth be told I find myself hardpressed to wander down to Il Solito Posto again for the Pasta Fruitti di Mare which was my staple, when I know that Lupino isn’t far away and personally I absolutely adore the Spaghetti Marinara they have.