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Café Di Stasio
  • 31 Fitzroy St,
    St Kilda,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9525 3999,
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Café Di Stasio

We live, mostly happily, in a democratic age: that tattooed hipster may be your waiter, that Kombi-owner may be a celebrated food trucker. Still, each visit to Café Di Stasio is reminiscent of the joys of more classic, civilised pleasures: here, the white-jacketed waiters recite complex specials with the sprezzatura of a tenor singing Verdi, the tables are properly dressed. And the food? Refined Italian of the highest order. Beef carpaccio is gleaming and peppery, served with young rocket, parmesan and lemon; crisp-battered zucchini flowers are elevated with a subtle, velvet punch of anchovy. On a winter's night, it's the porchetta - deeply flavoured suckling pig with baked apple - which lingers in the memory, its richness balanced, perhaps, by a side of fresh peas, buffalo ricotta shavings, chickpea shoots and mint. The closing millefoglie exemplifies the Di Stasio experience: here is a good old thing done beautifully well.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $26-$35

    M $36-$43

    D $16-$21

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Steven Rofe



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