What has happened to this place?
It used to be so good. The risottos were faultless, the food moorish and the atmosphere buzzing. I remember when they had an open "lasagna" and how amazingly deft it was in warming a winter day. I crave it to this day. But dinner here on a lazy Sunday evening turned out to be a major disappointment.
We started with the polenta gnocchi and fried calamari. Classics that have been on the menu since forever. Things which I've ordered time, and time and time again. But something's changed.
The gnocchi was fine - but denser than ever, however the intense tomato base which was full of flavour somewhat compensated for the other elements. The calarmi was ok but below expectations - almost arguably a bit greasy and lack lustre in texture and flavour. The aioli that came with it was shar and the dish seemed imbalanced and not as delicious as it used to be.
* Note: in all fairness, we didn't have any of their risotto nor "complain" on the night. But that doesn't mean, they can do a crap job on the rest of their dishes - and maybe it was just an off night. But it was the night we ate.
Tutto Bene, Mid Level Southgate, Melbourne CBD