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As a treat we thought we’d order takeaway. Miss eating out during Covid lockdown. It’s the best Italian food we’ve had. Even my fussy boys loved their food. Definitely recommend it to everyone. We’ll be ordering from here more often. Looking forward to be a...regular once lockdown is over.More
Date of visit: September 2020
lartigian0, Owner at L'Artigiano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2020
Miss our good customers too. Looking forward to opening up too! Thank you.
The food was AMAZING. The service was excellent, friendly & helpful. The owners are very welcoming & are more than happy to chat about the history of the building. The wine list is extensive. The Piniot Grigio was excellent.
The restaurant is set in the...original Ivanhoe Fire Station, with the original bricks exposed. Photographs & relics from the fire station are on display.
The ambiance is enhanced by the open fires.
Try the bruschetta, risotto, osso bucco & the cannolis. We left feeling very satisfied with our dining experience. And we’ll certainly be returning.More
I'll make excuses for no photos right now - I was with a new group of people and frankly, didn't want to be 'that person' that snaps pics of everyones plates. We came here on a Sunday night and it was busy. A table of...12 in what is a reasonable sized restaurant. The cuisine is Italian / Mediterranean and with that comes a menu that has something for everyone. Sharing platters. Pizza. Great selection of entrees and mains. Pasta. And of course dessert that although we didn't order, I will return to test out their Affogato.
Everyone seemed to order something different and I chose the Vitello Con Gorgonzola which was cooked superbly. The portion size was generous and the flavours blended nicely together. Not overly rich for me.
I found the ambience quite charming and although a little noisy with the number of diners, there was a vibe casual dining enjoyment.
This restaurant does cater for kids and is wheelchair accessible however, I would recommend you let them know when booking.
Dietaries are catered for - just let them know.
Staff were fabulous. Very attentive and great knowledge of the entire menu. It is not BYO but you can be assured that the wine list is extensive and you can tailor something to your meal easily.
Carparking is pretty good but just watch the signs for how long you can park for.
I will definitely return - the Affogato has my name on it.More
We ate at this restaurant recently, part of a group of 4. The best thing is that it's not unbearably noisy which is a big plus for us. And the food is good but not exceptional. One of us had the chicken dish which tasted...as though it had been pre-cooked then re-heated because the temperature of the dish fluctuated throughout (parts of the chicken were cold) - the flavour, however, was ok. Another member of our group had the fish which was a small service but, again, ok. Two in our group had the panna cotta dessert which was, unfortunately, disappointing - they agreed it had an unpleasant taste! We had to ask for water twice.More
My partner had the steak special and I had the lamb cooked two ways (slow roasted shoulder and two cutlets). The shoulder fell apart beautifully and lovely delicious and rich flavours with purée, smoky cherry tomatoes and purée. Beautiful complementary bread is served with the...meal. Went extremely well with the 2014 Cab Sauv that I ordered with the meal. I also ordered the tasting platter for dessert. Tiramisu and the chocolate cake were the standouts - velvety, delicate and rich. Lovely tangy lemon curd to cut through some of the richness.
Pros: The portions are generous, the pricing is very reasonable. The cocktails are tasty. The wait staff have a calm and friendly demeanour. Enjoyable and fantastic live music (Sunday).
Cons (and they are only very minor): difficult at times to get the attention of wait staff (though it was - understandably - busy); the mains and dessert tasting lacks a little bit of finesse that you might expect of a fancier restaurant (though within the price point of this restaurant, I would say above par). My personal preference would’ve been to have had the purée as a smear to the side of the lamb, rather than the lamb sitting on top, and the pesto to be dollops, rather than around the edge of the purée. This way would give the option of allowing to have little bits of different flavours without it melding into one.More