Lunch @ Etto – Italian Street Pasta

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K’s meal:
Black Angus, white wine & vegetable ravioli w/ Roma tomato napoli ($12) – 
rich Italian tomato sauce with onion, garlic & Italian herbs
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C’s meal:
Chilli linguini w/ Roasted Vegetable Caponata ($11) – 
zucchini, red capsicum & eggplant roasted in confit garlic and a Roma tomato napoli sauce
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My meal:
Chilli linguini w/ wagyu meatball polpette ($13) – 100% wagyu mini meatballs in a Roma tomato napoli sauce topped with crunchy herb breadcrumbs.
I honestly didn’t find anything particularly outstanding about this dish. The pasta was pretty sloppily presented on all of our plates and veggies were scarce on C’s dish (in contrast, mine had a lot of pasta and meatballs). The flavours of my sauce were barely distinguishable… I had to add a lot of salt and pepper to make it less bland. The pasta was a bit underdone, but for me under>overcooked pasta so that didn’t bother me too much, and the dish overall came out pretty lukewarm. In saying that, the wagyu meatballs were juicy, meaty and beautifully pink inside. I also appreciated the breadcrumbs together with the parmesan because it added a textural element to the meal.

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6.5/10

Try this place out if you’re ever in the area and wanting some quick food and/or takeaway; it’s definitely a great option for workers there who are on their lunch break. The owner was very friendly and eager to give suggestions if you’re stuck on what to order (like I was) and the restaurant itself is quite funky with outdoor seating! However, would I eat here again? Perhaps, if the opportunity arises but I wouldn’t go out of my way to come back.

T’s Verdict:
Quality of the food – 6.5/10
Price (based on food quality) – reasonable
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – colourful/quirky, local
Overall experience – 7/10

Interested?
Etto – Italian Street Pasta (Italian)
261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
(03) 9696 3886
Open Monday to Friday 11.30AM – 9.30PM, Saturday & Sunday 12PM – 9.30PM
Eat in or Takeaway

Ciao! Grazie! 🙂
From your weekly foodie,
– T

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