La Svolta draws on traditional Italian food culture by celebrating the joy of sharing locally-sourced, fresh produce together with family and friends.
The restaurant was bustling on the Thursday night of our visit. With long, shared tables, platters of delicious offerings and some lovely Italian wine, La Svolta is the ideal venue for families and friends to come together and enjoy some true Italian hospitality.
Alongside their legendary wood-fired oven pizza, the menu features traditional favourites as well as inspired interpretations of the classics.
Antipasto all' Italiana tasting plate of cured meats & chef's antipasti selection
The selection of cured meats and antipasti were a stunning start to our meal. The cheese was rich and full of flavour. The prosciutto on the other hand possessed a richness that had been further enhanced by the flavours of the intense curing salt mix.
Frittura di Calamari fried calamari with rocket and homemade mayonnaise
Tender ribbons of battered calamari were served with homemade mayonnaise. The calamari was perfectly seasoned and went beautifully with the sauce.
Lamb rack with polenta and eggplant
This dish was simple, homely and well executed. The lamb was roasted to a tender and juicy pink and was exceedingly flavoursome and "melt in the mouth".
Of course any visit to La Svolta would not be complete without one of their amazing pizzas. The Tartufata pizza was picture perfect in appearance and outstanding in taste. Aromatic truffle cream, dollops of Fior di latte mozzarella and beautiful hot Italian sausages finished with shaved parmigiano created a delightful fusion of flavours that would keep any pizza purist happy. Encircled with a puffy crisp crust, this pizza was superb.
La Svolta’s rendition of a the Tartufo was delicious. Chocolate and vanilla ice cream was covered in a shell made of cocoa. The tiramisu was similarly well made, with its flavour heavily dominated by the constituent alcoholic component. Both were simple traditional desserts that were well executed and thoroughly enjoyable.
Transport yourself to a cobbled Naples laneway, the picturesque Tuscan countryside or to a delightful seaside town with one satisfying visit to La Svolta.
Location: 450 Hampton Street, Hampton
Phone: 03 9521 8990
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of La Svolta.