Fact: you don’t need to leave Melbourne to get your very own slice of Italy.
Recently, we enjoyed the fabulous hospitality of the team at La Svolta, dining al fresco in their new courtyard while sampling incredibly tasty Italian treats.
Recipes and techniques at La Svolta have been passed down from Mammas and Nonnas, Pappas and Nonnos, for generations. Enjoying a delicious spritz with plenty of zing, we feasted on starters of beef tartare with rocket and balsamic reduction, and tuna tartare with red onion, sundried tomatoes and capers. All fresh, light and flavoursome, and very soon gone from sight.
Baby snapper skewers, arancini balls, seared tuna, hearty salads and prosciutto with deep fried pizza dough (drool) tantalised the taste buds – but it was La Svolta’s pizza that stole the show. Its classic margherita strikes the perfect balance between tomato and cheese atop a light base far from your average fare. Dessert was a generous serve of heavenly Nutella pizza before rolling home.
For an apertivo evening in the courtyard, filled with delizioso pizza and drinks, head to La Svolta and enjoy a little piece of Italy in Melbourne. Our top tip: wear elasticised pants.
WHO: La Svolta
WHERE: 3-5 Cecil Place, Prahran
WHY: For your very own slice of Italy
by Phoebe Vertigan