Being a Melbourne girl who has lived in London and New York and now resides in Sydney I'm very proud of my Melbourne foodie roots. On Wednesday I flew down with hubby to meet up with an old friend from the UK who was visiting her Aussie in-laws (she also happens to be Italian and loves food) - no pressure but where to go for a long delicious lunch, contemporary take on Italian, great wine and service and mood, CBD? Osteria Ilaria - thank you! Great service, comfy cool booth table to relax, wonderful wine list and the food was delicious, highlights Truffle Tortaloni with mushrooms, tender calamari, stracciatella with witlof, impossibly stealth (read anything but humble) chickpea fries which surprise with the perfect texture of crunch, fluffy-creamy filling and the fabulous blackened garlic sauce. Presentation and flavours are in concert with an efficient, knowledgeable and warm front of house team - a treat, we'll be back...with more friends.
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