Eat’aliano by Pino is a new Italian restaurant in High Street Windsor, a short walk from Chapel Street, which pays homage to cuisine from Naples and Piedmont region. The ‘Pino’ in the name is Pino Russo, co-owner of La Svolta in Prahran and Hampton (and renowned as one of Melbourne’s best pizzerias).
The decor is warm and inviting, with overhanging planter boxes, timber tables and flooring and a back wall filled with gourmet Italian ingredients, wine and Italian cookbooks.
Most of the produce is sourced at nearby Prahran Market, ensuring that what’s on your plate is fresh and seasonal.
I was invited to a tasting of the menu and was impressed by the high quality of the food and reasonable prices – about $2-$5 less than I’d expect from restaurants serving similar food.
My highlights include:
The deep fried calamari rings ($15) and octopus simply dressed with olive oil and parsley ($16) from the antipasti section – both very tender.
La Montanara ($15) pillows of deep fried pizza dough topped with Napoli sauce, grana padano and fresh basil. So light and simple!
The Parmigiana pizza ($16) with San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, parmigiano and fresh basil. I’m normally not a fan of eggplant but the smokiness of the vegetable combined with the sweetness of the tomatoes meant that I couldn’t help but eat many, many slices.
The wood fire oven has been transported from Italy and it only takes 50 seconds to cook up a crusty Neapolitan style pizza – and you can be guaranteed that it’s authentic as the restaurant is a member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the official Naples-based organisation that promotes and protects the true Neapolitan pizza“ worldwide.
The pasta is prepared fresh on site daily and the cocktails are made by a bartender who was awarded one of the top 10 bartenders in Italy.
Eat’aliano by Pino offers authentic Italian fare with Italian flair (all the waitstaff are Italian!) set in a contemporary space that’s very Melbourne. Go and be transported to the best of Italy!