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28 Brisbane Street
Battery Point TAS 7520
Tel : +61 3 6334 5589
Cuisine: Italian
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$

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Novaro's restaurant is the sort of place you want to return to, again and again, for the food, the buzz and the fabulous wine. The restaurant is something of a Launceston institution and it is housed in an Edwardian home in the city's CBD. The menu is distinctly Italian and the wine list offers a wide range of Tasmanian varietals.

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It's small. It's packed. It's noisy. And it's very, very good - for many the best Italian restaurant in the state. Certainly it's one of the very few to realise that Italy doesn't stop at Naples and that there's more to Italian food than pizza and pasta. Presided over for many years by the almost legendary chef Albert Taurian, it had become something of a Launceston institution when a young couple, Nicholas Hooper and Sarah Graham-Hooper, bought it five years ago. If anything, they've lifted the standard with highly professional and personal service, an elegantly stylish atmosphere suffused with a feel-good buzz and delicious food that lives up to the front-of-house promise.

Nick's cooking is simple and beautifully presented with some creative flourishes scattered through such Italian classics as carpaccio di manzo, scaloppine al vino, linguini al frutti di mare and that Sicilian favourite, lumache - snails. His variation on carpaccio is a knockout - traditionally thin-sliced raw beef with a non-traditional horseradish cream, lifted by a wonderfully complementary salad of baby beetroot, fresh goats cheese and capers. While the calf liver in the fegato alla Veneziana sometimes needs a little less pan time, things like chicken liver crostini with sage and sweet tomato and the mussels steamed till just plumped in a tangy Pinot Grigio, garlic and chilli broth demonstrate the sure touch of the kitchen. Then there are wines like a 2001 Barbaresco on an excellent list whose truffled mellowness echoes the delicious autumnal flavours of an intense mushroom linguini.

Graeme Phillips
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Novaro's - User Reviews


Superb dinner last Friday night. Perfect level of attentive service. Each of our courses was perfect, the only complaint was the lamb was slightly overdone, and the abalone slightly chewy. But these aside, the overall meal and experience was sensational. I would recommend to all friends and family and would certainly visit  13/05/2013

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Gaye Martin:

We were totally disappointed with Novaro's. I cannot understand why anyone would go back. I would never recommend this restaurant. The meals are small, tasteless and they charged us for meal and coffee we did not have. It's overpriced, overrated and not on my list. Anyone who likes this restaurant has not been to many good restaurants!review  02/06/2012

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On a recent trip to Tasmania we tried this restaurant based on recommendation. It is every bit as good as promised. I'd be hard pressed to recall having a better meal in Australia at any price. The special I enjoyed was a perfectly poached fillet of blue eye in a broth with fresh broad beans, peas and new potatoes. My friend had a superb steak. The food is excellent. A small restaurant which follows the wise course of offering a limited number of well chosen dishes, well-executed. The chef uses deliciously fresh local ingredients that he cooks with consume skill. The dining room in a fine Federation House is comfortable, with a warm ambience while the waiting staff, led by the amiable Sarah, are pleasant and efficient. This is definitely on my list of favourites. I'll be back!review  19/11/2011

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David Allen:

Wonderful dining experience. Great food, service and wine list. Waitress (owner) had a full house and was run off her feet but provided impeccable service to all diners. Food was exquisite and would rank with the best Italian I have ever had at reasonable  11/10/2011

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