Friday, 8 July 2011

Restaurant Review: Emporio della Pasta

Location: Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
Phone: (03) 9292 7815  
Cuisine: Italian
Overall Impression: 6/10

Set in the relatively newer parts of Crown casino, Emporio della pasta is a casual Italian eatery with a focus on (as it name suggests), pasta. J and I had dinner here for the second time last week and we were both happy (again) with what we got.
Tagliatelle con salsiccia al vino rosso (Tagliatelle with Italian sausage, black olives, mushrooms, basil and red wine)
Gnocchi alla campagnola (Napoli sauce, anchovies, capers, broccollini, green olives and basil)
What I particularly liked about the gnocchi was the fact that it was clearly hand-made. The beautifully soft pillows of light and fluffy gnocchi were a delight.
There is nothing revolutionary about the food at Emporio della Pasta. It is simple and to the point - and it works! The only downside is that the restaurant is clearly understaffed. In fact, when we arrived, there was a very long queue but when we looked into the dining area, there were more empty tables than there were filled ones. The waitstaff were frantically trying to seat everyone but it was difficult given there were not many of them. And as would be expected, the level of service during the night suffered as a result.
Ambience wise, as it is very much a casual eatery, it can get quite noisy. I.e. it is much more suited for a casual gathering than a romantic date.
Emporio Della Pasta on Urbanspoon

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