Moonee Ponds, VIC
restaurants
Il Caminetto
Il Caminetto in Moonee Ponds, a well-established Italian restaurant in the Northern Melbourne suburbs was one of the first wood-fired pizza restaurants in Melbourne! So it was unsurprising that they had perfected the authenticity of their Italian pizzas. I loved the layout of the restaurant, with so many bustling chefs around the massive wood-fired oven up front, friendly waitresses around, and a larger group space towards the back. The chefs were so kind to even let me try my own hand at handling the wood fired pizza pan! The good fat: I’m so biased to squid ink pasta and good Italian pizza so when I noticed that Il Caminetto had both of these options, my expectations and excitement were HIGH! The squid ink pasta with spanner crab was definitely enough to satisfy my squid ink cravings – it was a light pasta, with splashings of zucchini and softened tomato confit that complemented the seafood flavours nicely. Spying the buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto on the menu – the Italia was an easy choice of the pizza. The base was next to perfect chewy, but also slightly crispy and charred on the bottom – and the helpings of prosciutto on top were so generous. The Italian-styled creme brûlée we finished off with was also quite special – I loved the caramelised char that we got to crack, before digging into the light creamy dessert underneath that almost felt like eating a smooth, sweet yoghurt! The bad fat: The Caprese salad was a little underwhelming as the buffalo mozzarella used at Il Caminetto seemed to miss a milky/cheese quality that other Italian places have captured, and it would’ve been great to have it sliced up, or use smaller pieces rather than a huge centrepiece. Being a seafood pasta, the taglierini alla chitarra was a little lacking in seafood flavour, the spanner crab pieces could’ve been more generous and I missed the taste of the sea that I was hoping to get. The tartufo dessert with hazelnut gelato tasted more like regular chocolate icecream as it lacked the smooth and softer consistency of gelato – even though I can’t say no to chocolate icecream anyway! FAT-O-METER: 3.5/5
Sunday
11:30 am
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9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm
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9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm
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9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm
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9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm
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9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am
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9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am
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9:30 pm
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