Restaurant Reviews


305 St Georges Rd Fitzroy North, VIC


Bells and whistles? There aren’t any at this smart neighbourhood Italian restaurant, but that doesn’t stop it having the gravitational pull of a black hole. Rita Macali’s reputation spread citywide last decade with Ladro; now it’s a family affair with husband Giovanni Patane schmoozing the floor with Italian wines and Macali in the kitchen. She sticks to the simple Italian brief so there’s nowhere to hide, food-wise, but it’s all achingly good thanks to the produce (quality), the treatment (sympathetic) and the styling (minimalist). From the brined lupini beans arriving gratis to a fuss-free chocolate panna cotta and raspberry sorbet, it’s a meal played straight and true. A soulful bowl of shredded stracciatella in chicken broth is the Italian answer to Jewish penicillin, while arancini hit a smoky note with scamorza. As for the pizze, crisp yet pliable bases swing either bianco or rosso, topped with judiciously chosen ingredients. If pizze is the meaning of life, nirvana awaits.


(03) 9482 2828



Bookings recommended


  • BYO

  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Rita Macali

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★

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305 St Georges Rd Fitzroy North, VIC
Rita Macali
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Dinner Tue-Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm

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