MACCARONI TRATTORIA ITALIANA: A pretty popular Italian joint near Collins St, Maccaroni has a really nice ambiance with mood lighting inside and a very cosy interior. It wasn’t busy on a weekday lunch time so we were immediately seated and the waitress was very patient with us. Nothing spectacular but still an enjoyable, tasty meal with delightful waitstaff but perhaps a little bland in the flavours. Not feeling too hungry, we ordered a ravioli and nutella tart to share between 2.
Ravioli Pesto and Mascarpone (Fresh spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli with pesto, mascarpone cheese, cream and almond flakes) – $22.0
The good fat: Pretty subtle flavours and a nice pesto that wasn’t too oily. I enjoyed the nuttiness of the almond flakes (but would prefer pine nuts?). The spinach ravioli worked well with the pesto and as did the light flavours of the mascarpone and cream. Parmesan added a stronger hint of cheesiness that worked well.
The bad fat: Nothing particularly noteworthy and a pretty small portion size as the plate was quite flat. I usually don’t mind cream based pastas/pestos but personally, this one was a bit too bland for me. I wish there was a stronger pesto flavour or maybe some acidity on the side.
Nutella Tart – $5.0
Picture doesn’t capture how huge this slice was
The good fat: Really nice portion size and yummy, crispy biscuit base. The cream on the side worked well with the dryness of the tart.
The bad fat: The Nutella/chocolate taste was very subtle and the filling was very dry. Not sure if it’s because it was made too long ago in advance but not a very appetising dessert. I was also expecting a soft, mousse-like tart filling but instead, this was dry and crumbly – almost like just normal chocolate but not as chocolatey..
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
MAYBE – Everything was nice except for the food – not disappointed but certainly nothing special. Perhaps would go back to try a tomato-based pasta but would skip the dessert.