We caught a cab to St Kilda to meet with some friends at Café Di Stasio, as it is one of their favourite places to eat. It is definitely wise to get a reservation here, as you certainly don't want to make the trip and have to turn around if there is no availability..... We were there on a Friday night and it was full and they were turning away people who arrived without reservations...
There was a sign on the door as we entered saying that photography isn't allowed..... I chose to assume that it referred to people taking photographs from the door paparazzi style. Obviously I took photographs of my food, I'd paid for it, I can do what I want with it.... surely ?!
Well, no one stopped me.... so here are some photos of our food....
The quality of everything was excellent. My spaghetti vongole (one of my favourite pasta dishes) was full of flavour, the pasta was home made and cooked perfectly. Everyone else was equally impressed with their dishes.
Service was good and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere, although a little dark... maybe this helps with the no photographs policy??
We had a slight hiccup with my starter as the oysters were served raw when I had requested them to be baked. The baked oyster was their special....... so despite my love or raw oysters I did have to send these back to the kitchen. The waiter wasn't too pleased as he insisted I asked for them raw and didn't look too impressed when the whole table disagreed with him..... anyway, they were replaced and worth the extra wait.
We stayed quite late, I think we were the lat table out, but we still didn't feel rushed. Perhaps due to the huge amount of money we had spend on the food, wine and champagne.....
It was a lovely evening and I would definitely recommend a trip out to St Kilda If you are staying in Melbourne long enough to leave the city centre restaurants. Café Di Stasio has a much more local, friendly feel about it than some of the city places......
Café Di Stasio 31 Fitzroy Street St Kilda Melbourne +61 (3) 9525 3999 website
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