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Amid the Enmore Road restaurants dishing up exotic cuisines from far flung places like Africa, Scandinavia and Peru, you’ll also find La Ricetta. One of the better looking spots to dine at along this buzzing multicultural eat street, La Ricetta excels at serving top-notch Italian fare to Enmore locals and theatre-goers, ensuring that this joint is booked out most nights with happy folk wining and dining within contemporary surrounds. While not a fine-dining restaurant by any means, the starched white tablecloths, quality glassware and polished concrete floors lend La Ricetta some elegance.
Chef and owner, Duncan Florean, claims he was born in the kitchen and that he hasn’t been allowed out since, although he does occasionally manage to head out to the farmers’ markets. Florean’s enthusiasm for vibrant, fresh food shines through in his menu of northern Italian-inspired dishes. The carpaccio scampi, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and garnished with diced onion and cracked pepper, is a mouth-watering way to begin your meal. Alternatively, the home-made ravioli stuffed with duck and prosciutto in a butter sage sauce is a winsome dish for the not-so-carb-conscious. There are plenty of desserts like tiramisu and pannacotta to motivate you to get your derriere back to the gym the following day, and the wine list offers a very drinkable blend of Australian and Italian drops.