18 Feb Pinotta: If Melbourne and Italy Had a Baby
It’s the little details that create the intimate, low-key elegance at North Fitzroy’s best Italian restaurant, Pinotta.
Like You’re Dining in Someone’s Home
Pinotta, located just opposite Piedimonte’s Supermarket off the busy St Georges Road, puts an emphasis on casual honesty, community and high standards. It’s the kind of place you go to for dinner when you know what you feel like eating but don’t feel like cooking. Pinotta’s sense of familiarity is enhanced by the hands-on and hands-down-charming owner Heidi Modra and Chef Shaun Clancy. Modra describes Pinotta as “an extension of her home” immersing patrons in grounded charisma. It’s not unusual to see Chef Clancy quickly nipping out of the kitchen to grab a baguette from the waiter’s station, stopping along the way to make sure the guests are enjoying their night.
Pinotta is a quietly confident piece of Little Italy affecting the lure of Brunswick Street’s food-fixated community, resting somewhere between a quaint European bistro and a characteristically Melbourne wine bar.
Italian Food for the Melburnian Palate
Acid jazz and lively paintings tease the senses as you peruse the modest and sophisticated menu. The food highlights Italian fare at its finest. Think Smoked Octopus with Green Olives, Almonds and Lemon, Handmade Pappardelle with Pork Ragu and John Dory with Charred Little Leeks and Shaved Fennel. You’d be hard pressed to pass up on one of their thoughful specials of the night, like the Pork and Duck Stuffed Vine Leaves with a Cranberry, Fig and Saffron Jam. Over, Pinotta’s offerings are authentically Italian–light and honest, made exceptionally well.
Raise a glass to Pinotta: It’s not just the food, vibe and service kicking goals; the wine collection is tight and well thought-out, offering quality drops from all over the globe.
The Word on the Street
Arrive before sunset and grab a table in the front to catch the last warming rays over Fitzroy Village, vino in hand. Also, don’t be intimidated by the polite refill of your glass; sparkling water is unlimited for only $4 at Pinotta. Sure, it’s water, but still…
Oh, and go for the $50 prix fixe menu. It’s fucking delicious.
32 Best Street
Fitzroy North, VIC 3068
03 9481 3393
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Words by Elise Assim