Help me Doctor!: Where can I take my father for his birthday? He likes Italian. – Huy L
Your prescription: Holy moly. My brain almost exploded when I received this question, as there are so many incredible Italian restaurants in this city. To make my task easier I’ve kept it to CBD venues, but let me know if you have a specific locale in mind.
Bottega – Without actively realising it, I’ve always picked it as the destination for the first meet-the-parents assignation. Maybe because of the calming sleek interior and delicious but non-threatening menu. 74 Bourke St, Melbourne +61 3 9654 2252
Becco is frequently touted as the best fine-dining Italian restaurant in Melbourne, but frankly I was disappointed when I went. Food was delicious, yes, but value for money? No.
My final word of advice; avoid Pellegrinis and The Waiters Club at all costs (not that they’re really birthday celebration kind of venues). I know these places are iconic, but their food is terrible – we’re talking the kind of red-sauce slop that was acceptable in the 50s, but should no longer be served to Melburnians’ well-travelled, sophisticated and discerning palates. If you don’t believe me, my Italian friend Amanda backs me up on this! – Jetsetting Joyce