After a few failed attempts, I finally caught up with a couple of friends for a Friday night dinner here. It was busy, but a walk in reservation a few hours earlier meant that there was a table waiting for us at 830. I'd been here a couple of times, and was impressed by the food every time, and one of my friends had ended up dining here the night before. It's a testament to the quality of the food that he was more than eager to return so soon after his last visit.
I ordered my favourite dish on the menu; Ossobuco. A plateful of tender veal with creamy rice, the smell wafted upwards enticingly and I couldn't wait to dig in.
The veal was perhaps slightly on the salty side on this occasion, but the dish was amazingly good non-the-less. The large portion size and filling nature of the dish, meant that I took part of this away to feast upon at a later date. Even though it's no-where near as good cold as it is hot, it's still a very satisfying meal.
My returning friend ordered Pesto & Mascarpone Ravioli: filled with spinach and ricotta with presto, mascarpone cheese, cream, almond flakes and Parmesan.
|Pesto and Mascarpone Ravioli|
The pasta was very fresh, and the sauce was smooth and creamy, with the mascarpone lending a lighter touch to the dish compared to more common cheeses. I thought the pasta to be a little too tough for my liking, but I as I've mentioned previously, I'm not a fan of pasta in general. He later ordered a take-away Lasagna so I'm guessing he loves this place!
My other friend decided to order the steamed seafood and vegetables.
|Steamed Seafood and Vegetables|
All-in-all, we enjoyed our respective mains immensely. I'd probably order a side of salad next time to go with the heaviness of the mains (especially in my case). We settled with dessert instead to clear our palates.
|Strawberry and Pistachio Yogurt Cheesecake|
The food is spectacular, servings a generous, and service is fast and friendly. I recommend that you make a booking if you want to guarantee a table as this place is tiny, but with expansions next door coming along nicely, this may be less of an issue in the future. If this place gets any more popular though, they may have to expand down the length of Manchester Lane.
Maccaroni Trattoria Italiana
10 Manchester Lane, Melbourne
Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm