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Il Solito Posto

You know that little place that’s down that laneway that has been there forever?  You know the one that everyone talks about but you haven’t been.  There’s a reason its been there forever, because it’s amazing!

Il Solito Posto is just that.  It is Melbourne, full stop.  Italian – laneway – consistent – delicious –  impeccable service, all apt descriptions of this Melbourne institution.  This is one of the best places in town to have a easy going pasta and a cheeky glass of wine or two!

The menu it simply wonderful, the wine selection is perfect, there is a walk in no reservations area with tables and a fantastic bar so you can alone or with friends and fully enjoy your experience.  Downstairs is the casual dining room complete with wine cellar and gramophone.  The whole place is simply delightful.

As you would expect the food is excellent.  Nothing too fancy just great flavours and fun combinations.  The real story here though is the service.  Some of Melbourne’s best service staff have found their way here.  This makes all the difference.  Staff that know when to chat and when not to.  These ladies and gentlemen know their stuff so you can just relax and enjoy.

My tip is to put this one on the do to list and when you are ready for a great pasta and wine wander into the upstairs no reservations area and enjoy.  Of course you can stay at the InterContinental and get the VIP booking treatment too, just sayin’!!!

Il Solito Posto is located in Georges Pde in the city and is open Monday to Friday from 730am to late and on Saturdays from 9am to late.

 

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