Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm
The namesake humble concrete brick favoured by Italian-Australians building their suburban dreams in the '70s is a trigger for long lost memories at this friendly eatery: of backyard gatherings, family meals, the comfort of home. They're good memories, and the sense of fun is evident in a floor painted lawn-green, the retro plastic chairs, and in a simple menu of share dishes served on enamel plates. A crew of flat-capped, waistcoated waiters keeps the party humming and the wine flowing - the functional list includes eight on tap. The spirit of an archetypal nonna is evoked in rich, moreish meatballs, a simple, well-made ragù with tagliatelle, and an unpretty but satisfying dish of wet polenta marbled with radicchio and Gorgonzola. Arrive early for a batch of 6.30pm risotto, served at seven. Stay late for dessert, likely to be a highlight of the menu: a homely plum and polenta cake, say, or an un-nonna-like chilli chocolate fondant.
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