SAN PAOLO SOLARINO
Melbourne, VIC

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.
Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Address:
Howey Place
279 Little Collins Street
Suburb:
Melbourne CBD
Contact:
Tel: +61 3 9663 2636
Cuisine:
Italian, Pizza or Woodfired Pizza
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS
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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FUNCTION MENU
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
MAX SEATING
60 pax
Breakfast
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Takeaway
Awards
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279 Little Collins Street,
Howey Place
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Situated on Howey Place, enter via Little Collins Street.
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