It's a Fitzroy dining landmark, but Ladro still pushes a welcome combination of tradition and surprise. A pancetta and pear bruschetta is an inspired entrée, polenta chips with Gorgonzola sauce hit all the right spots and precision-charred Black Angus scotch fillet with horseradish and Volcanic salt is even better with triple-cooked potatoes. But Ladro's pizze remain the hero. On the gamberi pizza, fior di latte is teamed with prawns and zucchini on a faultlessly thin base and lifted with extra chilli. The air-conditioning can struggle on warm nights, but the crowd typically sits contented in the clean, tranquil interior. The drinks list focuses on Italy, with prosecco ushering you in, a Chianti keeping you captive and a clean, sharp limoncello seeing you out. An over-soaked tiramisù with unnecessary Pop Rocks might be lacking in form, but chocolate-filled cannoli or basil panna cotta with chocolate soil make for strong final impressions.
(03) 9415 7575
- Outdoor dining
Accepted card types:
- American Express
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.