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Café Di Stasio
Italian
  • 31 Fitzroy St,
    St Kilda,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9525 3999,
    distasio.com.au/
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Café Di Stasio
-37.815976,144.960126

Café Di Stasio represents the ideal of dining as a particularly adult pleasure. The experience starts entering a room that's as dark, theatrical and strangely moving as the Bill Henson photograph on the wall, and continues with the dance of white-jacketed waiters of long standing. The menu has always expressed continuity with Italian tradition rather than the ego of any chef. These are simple, good, familiar things, done exceedingly well. Angelhair pasta with spanner crab is a typical example, glossed with a prawn bisque in place of olive oil for a deep Italian umami effect. Classics such as veal cotoletta and porchetta - the latter sweetened smartly by a sage-topped baked apple - both achieve the crisp surfaces one desires. Millefoglie, with layers of light pastry, vanilla cream and caramelised apple, makes for an elegant ending. For the finest Negroni south of the river, try Bar Di Stasio next door.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $24-$35

    M $36-$43

    D $16-$17

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Steven Rofe

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