Impasto Forno Antico, 157 Military Road, Avondale Heights. Phone: 9331 1111
Here’s a quirk of the western suburbs …
It’s possible for a resident of Sunshine North to stand on one side of the Maribyrnong River and hold a conversation with a friend or neighbour standing on the other side in Avondale Heights – without either of them having to raise their voices.
But if one of them wants to drive to the other’s home, well the quickest route is pretty much via Highpoint!
Avondale Heights seems sort of stranded.
It’s bisected by its only main road, the arterial thoroughfare known as Military Road.
I’m told much of the suburb’s population derives from post-war immigration of the Italian variety.
Certainly, at one of Military Road’s shopping precincts there is an emporium of things most excellently Italian.
Recently, this bakery being on one of my routes to work, I picked up a panini for in-office lunch purposes that was a $7.50 just right – fresh roll filled on the spot with mortadella, roasted capsicum and artichoke.
Today, I go the strictly sweet route.
The pear and almond tart ($4.50) and a slice ($3) that is a full-on flat version of a Christmas-style mince pie are wonderful and classy – and a lot more filling than they appear at first blush.
I rather wish I’d gone for one of the lighter things – such as the cannoli.
My $3.50 cafe latte is excellent.
Before my sugary lunch I’d felt all spruced up and looking good after a superb “hot-towel shave” and mo’ trim thanks to Matt at Matt’s Men’s Room.
Excellent, professional and friendly, he did me this fine service for a charge of $15.
How good is that?