Lunch daily noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-11pm
With nearly three decades under its belt, this St Kilda stalwart is unapologetically set in its ways. Café Di Stasio offers time-warp dining of the best kind, recalling days when expense accounts were bountiful, lunches were made to linger over, and kitchens didn't resort to culinary theatrics to keep diners enthralled. Like the moody dining room, with its Venetian plasterwork, theatrical lamps and stirring Bill Henson art, little changes on the menu between visits. Golden discs of eggplant sandwich tomato, mozzarella and basil in a refined take on melanzane parmigiana; Roman-style braised lamb slips off the bone, ready to be scooped up with garlic bruschetta. Even the specials are reassuringly familiar, with the signature crab tagliolini available more often than not. Boozy desserts add to the sense of hedonism: tiramisù soaked with Strega, zabaglione lush with Marsala, and profiteroles with a choc-Cognac sauce.