Impasto Forno Antico, 157 Military Road, Avondale Heights. Phone: 9331 1111
The long-awaited – by us anyway – spuntini bar and gelateria extension of Impasto Forno Antico in Avondale Heights is up and running and we have a ball getting acquainted.
It’s all done out in sleek greys and wood; very Italian and cheerful.
And, as is only to be expected, things are a little chaotic for this Saturday lunchtime.
In these ways – general vibe, style, food, people – it reminds us a bit of places such as Brunetti’s; except this is more personable.
The menu (see below) is split into sections – antipasto, paninoteca, soups, insalati and semi-freddo.
We by-pass the good-looking panini – even though, as a pal points out, the bread and rolls here are a main event all by themselves.
And when I see a fellow punter at our communal table getting into the beef brodo, I somewhat regret not going the soup route.
But we end up being very happy with our selections …
For Bennie, polpette al sugo – a good number of lovely meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.
For me, a simple vegetable fritatta – lovely and light and just what I desire.
Both our meals are served with salad – a tomato/cucumber number for him, a fennel/orange for him, and we order a side of roasted spuds just because … they look like the could do with some more colour but taste like a dream.
Because of the combos we’ve ordered, I am not sure of the specific pricing of our lunch – suffice to say, it’s all very affordable.
This is not flash restaurant Italian food – it’s just simple fare done well.
We could, mind you, live without the old-school squirts of reduced balsamic that adorn all our plates.
Our small tubs (top photo, $4.50) of prickly pear for him and pistachio for me are superb, capping off a cool lunch at what is sure to become a regular haunt for us.
On the way out, we grab some of that fine bread and a pizza for that night’s dinner from the extended shop next door.