I'm usually full of words. And when I eat out, I am brimming with sing-song praises and happy cat sounds, to express my joy of eating of course.
But I don't really feel like I want to say too much about Pinotta, a low-key Italian bistro in Fitzroy North, which I decided Brad and I should visit before I disappeared to Asia for two weeks.
The hand written menu speaks verses, of beautifully thoughtful Italian food. Flavours that are unique yet honest.
From a gorgeous lamb shoulder gnocchi which is incomparable, to a rabbit dish, resting on a bed of soft polenta. It's comforting, like curling up in a blanket and watching the rain outside.
A handful of silverbeet with parmesan and a twist of lemon, for a hint of zest and lip puckering, to offset all the protein…
And a semifreddo laden in bright and sweet strawberries. A joy on the eyes and tastebuds alike.
Pinotta could be that place to have a little special night, with it's crisp linens, or somewhere to warm up and have a lazy meal when you're not in the mood to cook. It's a little understated, unpretentious and totally cosy. My soul longs to return for more of that gnocchi...
32 Best Street
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
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