Melbourne’s Rosetta Ristorante

Rosetta Ristorante is a great restaurant in Melbourne, Australia.  It’s consider one of the best restaurants in town.  Is it though?

Melbourne is a melting pot of many cuisines from around the world and it shows in its array of restaurants.  It’s a cultural town full of unique architecture and hidden laneways filled with small shops.  In addition, the Ponyfish Island sitting on the Yarra River on the Promenade then we have Rosetta Ristorante at the Crown Casino.  Rosetta is definitely a pretty good Italian restaurant in Melbourne.

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Rosetta Ristorante Melbourne

Panorama of the patio

It’s considered one of the best restaurants in Melbourne per the Gourmet traveler.  Rosetta Ristorante is a part of the Rockpool Group of restaurants.  Rockpool is famous for it’s self-titled restaurant in Sydney, which landed on the World’s 50 Best restaurant from 2002-2008.  In addition, it’s been awarded a number of accolades with Australian magazines.  Rosetta Ristorante sits right in front of the Crown Casino.

Rosetta Ristorante offers a patio with has a great view of the Yarra river, Melbourne’s skyline and the Crown Promenade.  The patio tables are pretty comfortable and covered with white table-cloth.  It’s completely open so the breeze from the Yarra river sweeps through the patio.  It’s definitely needed cause Melbourne is known to get uncomfortable during the Summer.

The service was a mix batch of good and bad.  I didn’t like the hostess giving us a weird look when we came in with jeans and sneakers especially when a dress code wasn’t listed on their website.  However, our waiter did a wonderful job.  He explained the details of the menu very well, gave us recommendations, and made sure our drinks were always filled.  In addition, he made sure to come back to check up and was more than helpful and accommodating.

Now, the food.  There was no tasting menu and everything on the menu was à la carte.  We tried many things at Rosetta Ristorante but I’m going to focus on my favorite items.

  1. Spaghetti (aka Spaghetti) – The squid ink spaghetti was definitely tasty and full of flavor.  It was a little salty but it wasn’t overbearing where it ruined the pasta.  It was a step down from a la dente and had a nice fluffy texture to it.  Furthermore, it was topped with Cloudy Bay clams.  The clams were a nice touch and definitely complemented the spaghetti.  It had a nice taste to it and didn’t taste sour or old.

    Rosetta Ristorante Melbourne
    Squid Ink Spaghetti
  2. Polipo (aka Octopus) – Octopus and potato salad with capers, lemon and parsley.  This was definitely tasty, but a little too gamy for me.  However, it was the perfect dish for a patio meal as it was meant to be served in the Spring or Summer time in a patio.  It was full of zest like a girl who is experiencing her first Summer love.  The assorted vegetables brought a very refreshing taste to the dish and mesh well with the olive oil.

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    Polipo
  3. Maialino de Latte (aka Suckling Pig) – I have to say this is one of my favorite Suckling Pigs I ever had.  The outer shell was crispy and there was a crunch in every bite.  The meat was pale and tender.  The tender pieces tore apart very easily like fresh made pasta or noodles.  There was some salt added to it for flavor and it was laid over a bed of green vegetables, which I didn’t even noticed until I was done with the pig.

    Rosetta Ristorante Melbourne
    Suckling Pig

Overall, it was a good dining experience and I definitely enjoyed the meal.  I would have to say Rosetta Ristorante ranks high with me for Italian restaurants outside of Italy.  It’s definitely better than Mario Batali’s Babbo Risorante in New York, which now has a Michelin star as of this review.   I’m still determining whether it beats out Maccheroni Republic in Los Angeles, which is the closest to true Italian I’ve experience outside of Italy.

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    Service - 6.5/10
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    Presentation - 8/10
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Summary

Rosetta provides a great atmosphere for dining with great Italian fare and a view of Melbourne’s skyline. There’s a cool breeze that runs through out the patio and the perfect setting for a meal in the beginning of Summer in Melbourne. It’s decently price and won’t break the bank.

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