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MUST VISIT SOON: Livingroom, Hare & Grace
MOST RECENT FEASTINGS: Pei Modern, Sarti, PM24, Vue de Monde
BLOG OF THE MOMENT: I Eat Therefore I Am
I start the meal off with some of the amazing salumi: this time I choose the enzo ($10), another soft variety that is one of the best I have eaten. The slices are generous and the meat just melts away in the mouth and has such a beautiful mild flavour. Every last bite is savoured. I am surprised that more guests are not trying the range of cured meats: the quality is sensational; something you simply cannot pick up at your local deli.
For mains it was a tough choice whether to order meat, or a pasta. I decided on the latter option and go for the Papardelle with a wild boar ragu ($23): The pasta is cooked al dente (although probably a tad too firm for my liking) and the ragyu is rich with tender pieces of braised boar meat. It has a fairly simple composition, but is a good dish, finished well with a shaving of fresh pecorino. The dish is indicative of the general theme here: simple food that is done really well. The sort of stuff you may be able to cook yourself, but don't have the time or patience to do so.
I have it on good authority that the crumbed pork cutlet, and eggplant "parmigiano" are both very good. I plan on trying both on my next visit. I am also still waiting to try the "Zuppa Inglese" as well, which is only available to be shared amongst two or more. I was set to return with friends earlier this week, but not in the mood to wait around we decided to head down to the Bistro Guillaume bar, where we enjoyed a stunning dinner.
To finish the meal at GA&S my waiter recommends some of their chocolates ($10). Happy to be surprised I let him choose. I receive a chocolate and hazelnut block which is extra smooth. Far superior to most of the commercial chocolate we consume in this country. Along with a good espresso it was a very pleasant way to end the meal.
The overall experience at GA&S is a really good one, with reliable home-style Italian cooking at prices reasonable enough to keep its punters coming back for more. I am adjusting my score a little though as service can nod on and off when busy. My waiter must be given full credit though for doing his best to attend to everyones needs, whilst clearly run off his feet. It was also a little dissapointing to see empty tables remain uncleared for over 20 minutes, knowing that there was a long queue of people outside eager to eat.
MY RATING: 15/20 - Food 7.5/10 Ambience 4/5 Service 3.5/5
Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons has previously been reviewed by Melbourne Foodie here