Fratelli: For Scrummy Lunches and Tasty Treats
Friday lunch time and the sun has finally shown it’s not completely deserted us for the winter. Popped into Fratelli on Clarendon Street, South Melbourne to sample their wares.
The place was very quiet for a friday lunch time, with only a couple of other diners in. Hoping this wasn’t a bad sign I took a seat near the back of the cafe and a very friendly waitress brought the menus. There was a good range of traditional steaks, burgers and meaty mains, along with salads and pastas. As quite possibly the biggest pesto in the world over, I selected a Spaghetti Pesto with Chicken.
The atmosphere was relaxed, but almost too quiet due to the lack of other diners. Just before the meal arrived a very scruffy looking man entered and mumbled to himself all the way to a seat where he was promptly fed. Now I’m no snoot, but this guy didn’t look like he had a dollar to offer for the food. It was obvious the staff knew this guy, but that didn’t stop me inadvertently glancing his way every few seconds.
Once the food arrived this was all forgotten. The smell was delicious and the taste even better. The creamy pesto sauce with its rich, silky textures could almost be described as decadent, at least that how I felt eating it. The chicken was perfectly cooked, still being very moist and the pasta was perfectly al dente. The only disappointment was that although the menu stated pine nuts, which I simply love, they were defiantly peanuts, which didn’t complement the flavours as well.
The portion size was so enormous I couldn’t finish the plate, and had no room to test their claims to be the ‘Best coffee on Clarendon Street’. Next time it might just have to be coffee and a sweet treat for me, or I’ll visit after not eating for a week. Overall this place is great, the decor is charming yet modern and the food and service is great.
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