Vibrant, fun and hearty – 3 words that capture the triple trifecta of vibes at Rococo Italian restaurant. With multiple locations across South East Melbourne, their popular St Kilda location along the renowned Acland Street was the restaurant we decided to try. Melbourne Italian food has never failed to disappoint me, and once again, Rococo brings to us the warmth of Italian hospitality and the flavours of Europe.
The good fat: Italian meat balls and calamari – a bit of meat, a bit of seafood – the best way to start a meal. The meat balls were little parcels of flavour, tender ragu-like pieces of beef moulded into spheres whilst the calamari had been grilled to achieve that Goldilocks satisfaction – just chewy enough for texture, just tender enough for juiciness. A drizzle of lime and a dash of olive oil – my Mediterranean diet was complete.
A standout main was definitely the seafood linguine. Rococo is not stingy with its portion sizes – AT ALL – the generous helpings of mussels, pipis, calamari and prawns undoubtedly meant that the linguine was full to bursting with flavours of the ocean,, all heartily packed into the sauce underneath. The same goes for the seafood tortellini – a cream-based sauce drizzled over the large servings of tortellini, once again decked with seafood, these two dishes were a seafood lover’s delight.
I can’t pass up on a chance to have pizza at a true Italian restaurant – and so the charred crispy base, topped with buffalo mozzarella, creamed artichokes, caramelised onion and Virginian ham, was another welcome combo to satiate my appetite.
The bad fat: Having tried an amazing crab tortellini only once before, I felt that the tortellini itself didn’t live up to the seafood-iness of the white wine sauce it was bathed in. I couldn’t quite pinpoint what the filling was, and so it was a bit bland in comparison. I also felt that the pizza base was slightly chewier and a bit thicker than the ideal.
CHECK OUT ROCOCO ACLAND STREET’S MENU HERE: http://www.rococo.net.au/acland-street/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Rococo Italian Restaurant, St Kilda Melbourne for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.