Domani Pasticceria, Shop 4, 220 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing. Phone: 8742 7852
Traffic lights have been installed at the corner of Forsyth Road and Old Geelong Road … to the undoubted relief of long-suffering local motorists.
Still, the roads hereabouts are demanding of driver concentration.
Old Geelong Road from Forsyth right down to Hoppers Crossing Station is one of the west’s least lovely boulevards, a kilometre or so of discount furniture stores, hardware establishments, car-fixer-upperers and discount furniture stores.
We’re not being judgmental in saying that – we understand that it’s to this stretch of commercial activity that the many new residents of housing estates come to find affordable stuff for their new homes.
We’ve done so ourselves, albeit to the Good Guys for a new phone and an amusement place for a long-ago birthday party.
But no one is ever going to award this stretch of road a good-looking award.
Still, as ever in the west, interesting things are there to be found by those prepared to have a peek.
One such is Domani Pasticceria.
It’s located behind a drive-through coffee stand and a fresh chicken shop that also does duty as a continental deli.
Parking is ample and, in a neighbourhood where good food and coffee are rather scarce, Domani presents as a calming retreat.
It’s Italian old-school in the way of Cavallaro’s in Footscray.
There’s nothing savoury about Domani – no pizza or pasta or sandwiches of any kind.
I suspect Domani makes most of its income from baking cakes to order for birthdays, weddings and the like.
But when Bennie and I try it out for post-school coffee and treats, it comes up, well, a treat.
We split between us a chocolate mudcake ($2.50) and a chocolate beignet ($3.50).
The mudcake is pretty much a glorified, dense cupcake and just OK.
The beignet is something else … and it’s a good thing we’re sharing.
So engorged is it with chocolate cream that Bennie and I lapse into giggles at the very delicious decadence of it.
Bennie goes the chinotto route while my $3 cafe latte is very fine.
The minimum card purchase is $15 so that’s exactly the amount of biscotti we snag to take home.
They’re terrific and fresh.