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San Paolo Solarino

Address
Address:
Howey Place
279 Little Collins Street
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9663 2636
Fax : +61 3 9663 5573
Cuisine
Cuisine: Italian
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$
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San Paolo Solarino is one of Melbourne's laneway gems - more than a café yet not a formal restaurant, all from a fantastic location. Found in an undercover laneway, this casual eatery offers respite from Melbourne's tricky weather and serves excellent breakfasts, pasta and salads in cosy surroundings. It's relaxing and comfortable yet still stylish, and a favourite haunt of former Lord Mayor Jon So.

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Situated on Howey Place, enter via Little Collins Street.

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Melbourne’s laneways account for some of the city’s most interesting eating – and, to be honest, some of its least appetising. Solarino is in the first category. Its owners and chef have a good track-record (Dale is co-owner of Panette in South Melbourne, Grant has cooked at a range of good city Italian restaurants), and they have created a place so clever it’s surprising no one thought of it before. It’s more than a cafe, but not a formal restaurant. Solarino is smart but simple with a pressed metal ceiling at the front, white walls, a polished concrete floor and bare-topped tables. It’s relaxing and comfortable, but still stylish.

After breakfast, the menu consists of pasta dishes and salads, with a few tempting desserts to finish. We’re talking real pasta dishes here too – the kind you might find in a small Italian village. Imagine potato gnocchi as soft as little pillows, surrounded by a richly flavoured tomato sauce with a few basil leaves and melted fontina cheese on top, all served in a hot pan that sits on a wooden board. Think of salads that range from plain green to the rich purple of radicchio with pear, hazelnuts and pecorino. A short wine list provides the perfect drop by the glass or bottle to accompany your meal. Breakfast has the same simple star quality – excellent bread from Daylesford, omelettes with chives and goat’s cheese, roasted Swiss brown mushrooms on toast, just to name a few.

Rita Erlich
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