Restaurant Guide

Di Stasio Città: Restaurant review

Don't come to Di Stasio Città to count your pennies. Here, hedonism is creed, and indulgence is the name of the game.

Address

45 Spring St,
Melbourne, Vic

Hours

Daily 11.30am-10.30pm

Prices

E $12-$32
M $28-$58
D $9-$20

Rinaldo Di Stasio's city restaurant stakes an immediate claim as one of the country's most beautiful. A minimalist temple of contemporary art (video work by Reko Rennie and Shaun Gladwell on loop) and traditional craftsmanship (handcrafted terrazzo floors, Murano chandeliers), Città also offers visceral bustle and a lengthy menu centred on old-school deliciousness. Fans of the St Kilda original will be thrilled at the presence of favourites such as the foil-wrapped crumbed veal and white bread "after-school sandwich", the maltagliati with calamari and radicchio, pieces of thrice-cooked duck, and the addictive white chocolate and mascarpone tart.T here are also new thrills: salty anchovy and sage snacks, bagna càuda with a colourful platter of vegetables, pasta cooked al chiodo tossed with a rich ragù of beef and pork, and perfectly chilled Martinis served on a silver tray to knock back while contemplating the Italian-heavy winelist. Città's theatricality– including meticulously kitted-out floor and
barstaff– doesn't come cheap, but neither does a restaurant experience that effortlessly channels Milan, Venice and Melbourne. Di Stasio has always had a gift for transporting you away from the everyday, and Città continues the theme unashamedly and wholeheartedly.
Phone:
(03) 9070 1177
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Wheelchair friendly
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Rinaldo Di Stasio
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.