Restaurant Reviews

Café Di Stasio: Restaurant review

Address

31 Fitzroy St
St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch daily noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Prices

E $28-$36
M $41-$55
D $18-$20

REVIEW

Di Stasio has witnessed almost three decades of food fashion and stood its ground. It remains what it has always been: a classically minded, linen-clothed, low-lit ristorante. Culinary standards are consistent. Maltagliati is glossily textured, thrown in with tender calamari, radicchio and bright cuts of spring onion. Scallops – roasted, underneath parmesan, lemon, garlic and breadcrumbs – deliver the comforting joy of something simple done well. Proteins are well handled, from wild boar braised in white wine and braced with the bitterness of radicchio, to exemplary saltimbocca teamed with proscuitto, sage and semolina gnocchi. The millefoglie, with its layers of airy pastry, vanilla cream and caramelised apple, constitutes a lightly balanced end – unless you extend the evening with a Negroni at the adjacent, equally civilised Bar di Stasio.
Phone:
(03) 9525 3999
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Rinaldo Di Stasio
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.