It’s not uncommon to find a great eatery in the city of Melbourne. With a plethora of cuisine options available on any given night, Melbournians and visitors alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out on the town.
But for an establishment to fall into the ‘one of the best restaurants’ category, well, that’s no small feat.
Step in Tipico Melbourne: a small, design-driven Italian restaurant located in the busy suburb of Windsor, winning over Italian natives and foodies alike thanks to its rich, wholesome and damn-tasty traditional (with a modern twist) Italian food.
Here’s what Tipico has to offer…
When you walk into Tipico’s modern and minimal setting, you’re immediately taken aback by just how design-driven this eatery is. The space is industrial-like and completely designed by Stephanie Korolija of Studio Ole.
The cocktail bar, which is made of polished terrazzo concrete typically found on the floor in traditional Italian homes, draws attention to the eye as soon as you walk in, and wood panelling surrounds the kitchen for a stylish juxtaposition.
Fine line-based artwork shrouds the walls, thanks to London artist Meg Abbott. It’s these subtle nuances that enable Tipico to differ, architecturally, from other Italian restaurants in Melbourne.
The main attraction at Tipico Melbourne is, of course, the food. At the helm is head chef Daniele Colombo (formerly Baby Pizza D.O.C.), with owners Andrea Da Como (D.O.C., Baby, Builders Arms Hotel) and Marco Scalisi (Ti Amo, Swillhouse Group, Tokyo Tina) providing their knowledge and expertise front of house.
What you can expect to find on the carefully-designed menu is fresh, locally and internationally-sourced antipasti; handmade pasta; oven-baked pizzas, Roman style (crust, crust, crust); and Milanese veal cotoletta – a mixture of traditional and modern Italian plates all finished with a contemporary twist.
Other menu highlights include arancini with provolone and peas; Kingfish crudo; and polpetti with Napoli sauce. All seafood is sourced from Ocean Made in Collingwood.
For dessert, one can expect Italian favourites such as the classic semifreddo with ricotta, chocolate and pistachio; pannacotta with peach bellini and prosecco; and a pizza dolce with nutella, hazelnut crumble and fior di latte gelato.
Let Da Como’s expertise guide you with paired wines for every meal on the menu. What is to be expected is reds from Italy’s Piedmont and Abruzzo regions and whites from the Veneto region and Sicily. The cocktail list features crowd-pleasers like Aperol Spritz and Negroni’s, as well as Tipico-made concoctions like the Mediterranean Fizz (herb infused gin, lemon and orange blossom) and the Sicilian Summer (marzipan vodka, citrus, bitters and egg white).
For more information and to make a booking at Tipico Melbourne, please visit their website HERE
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