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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
-37.861794, 144.974452

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 photo, 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.



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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $26-$36

    M $41-$46

    D $16-$21


     

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

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