Mozzarella Bar, 103 Victoria Street, Seddon. Phone: 9687 0097
Having tried and failed to get a table at Seddon’s brash new Italian joint a week or so previously, a friend and I have no problems on a public holiday Monday night.
It’s her second visit.
We have a wonderful time. The style of the place is not necessarily a natural for CTS, but what can I say?
The service – even before the camera came out – and the food we try are pretty darn fabulous.
We share a beetroot, goats cheese and rocket salad ($10).
It’s simple-as but just fine – the plump beetroots are firm yet tender, and vinegary in a way that reminds of me of my mum’s very own.
My pal’s gnocchi de casa with “rich tomato sugo, mozzarella di bufala, basil” ($19) is a huge serve.
But she makes lip-smackingly and happy short work of it for good reason – my stolen taste is fabulous, the pillows so light and fluffy it seems they may float away.
I do something unusual for me – well, two actually.
I order the most expensive meal on the menu; and it’s a steak.
T-bone Toscana of green beans, roasted rosemary potatoes, cherry tomatoes and pesto ($32) is simply fabulous.
I’m actually happy that it’s quite a lot less than the inches-thick slab of meat I had been expecting. This makes it a filling but not overly so experience.
It’s perfectly cooked to order – medium rare. And while there’s some gristle and (of course) bones, I’m knocked out by its rustic appeal.
There’s a heap of wonderful green beans under that meat. And there’s plenty of fluffy, gorgeous spud chunks, too.
It’s a no-sides-needed feed that makes the price tag seem something of a bargain.
Best of all, there’s lashings of pesto, salt, pepper and oil – perhaps this is the sort of unapologetic blow-out repast I should consider more often.
Because I dig the hell out of it …
We love the theatre of the open kitchen.
The pizzas whizzing by us as our meal unfolds look awesome.
As do the deep-fried zeppole (Italian doughnuts).
Check out the Mozzarella Bar website – including full menu – here.