With some of the best pasta in town and seating for just 40 diners, Tipo 00 was always gonna break a few hearts. But newly arrived sibling venue Osteria Ilaria isn’t just there to satisfy the overflow, it’s a seriously worthy destination in itself.
Forget Flinders Lane, there’s a hot new dining precinct emerging in Melbourne’s former camping supplies quarter. Within a short stretch, Little Bourke Street (between Elizabeth and Queen) has triumphed over the puffer jackets, day packs and tourist-trap tackiness of nearby Hardware Lane to spawn some of the city’s best dining, with names like Kirk’s Wine Bar, Tipo 00 and French Saloon leading the charge.
Newcomer Osteria Ilaria has quite possibly gone down as one of my top new openers for 2017 (big call, I know) and I've been telling anyone who cares to get down there stat for chef Andreas Papadakis' ridiculously good multi-course chef's menu.
Consider this your memo.
367 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC.