I was invited to dine at Il Caminetto and review the food that this place has to offer. By the end of my meal, I had become a fan of their food. This was one of the best Italian meals that I’ve had in Melbourne.
Il Caminetto is located on the corner of Pascoe Vale Road and Bent street. As you enter the restaurant you can see the kitchen and the beautiful pizzas cooking in the wood-fired oven. There is some seating in front of the restaurant and more at the back. The front of the restaurant is well-illuminated however I thought the lighting at the back was a bit dim. The interior of this place was simple and welcoming.
My order was a Capisante ($19), Gamberi Ai Ferri ($17), Tortelli Al Dentice ($27), Boscaiola Pizza ($25), Capriccoisa ($21) and a Tiramisu ($12).
My order started with the two seafood starters, Capisante and Gamberi Ai Ferri. Both of these dishes were presented beautifully with a modern plating. Capisante is seared scallops with cauliflower puree. The scallops were perfectly cooked, soft and tender accompanied by a delicious cauliflower puree. The seasoning of the puree was perfect and the flavor of the cauliflower complimented the scallops very nicely. Then I had a bite of the fish croquettes and my mouth was introduced to a new set of flavors and spices that I loved. It was a beautiful way to start the meal.
Gamberi Ai Ferri was grilled Prawns with green broad beans. The Prawns were grilled very nicely. They were served on a bed of broad beans. I really like the broad beans. They had really nice texture and tasted very good with the prawn meat.
Next on my table was the pasta. I had ordered Tortelli Al Dentice which is Tortelli filled with red snapper, little bits of salmon, surrounded by white zucchini sauce. I was told that this pasta is made fresh by the chef every day. The presentation of this dish was gorgeous. I really loved the colors of the dish. The pasta was filled with snapper which I felt was a bit dry but the sauce in the plate made up for the dryness. But other than that I could not find even a small fault with the dish. The pasta was fresh and soft. The zucchini sauce was brilliant. I loved the consistency of the sauce, I could not have enough of it. The salmon tasted amazing. Everything was cooked beautifully and tasted amazing.
Then it was time for the Pizza. This place was one of the first ones in Melbourne to have wood-fired pizza. So I was excited to taste their Pizzas. I ordered a Boscaiola and a Capricciosa. Both the Pizzas looked stunning. Boscaiola had very few elements but each element added a ton of flavor to the pizza. It had Stracciatella cheese, Nduja, Mushrooms, speck, prosciutto, and a drizzle of truffle oil. The pizza was cooked in the wood-fired oven so it had a little bit of the smoky flavor. The thickness of the pizza was perfect. There was a very small amount of spiciness which I guess was from nduja. It was one of the most satisfying Pizzas I have tasted in a long time.
Capricciosa was also cooked beautifully. It had mushrooms, ham, and olives. This pizza looked and tasted delicious. I became a fan of the pizza after the first bite. The mushroom and ham were soft and had lots of flavor.
Next was the Tiramisu. As it arrived on my table I was pretty full but as I looked at the beautiful presentation I could not stop myself from finishing it all. It was the best Tiramisu I’ve had. It wasn’t very sweet which I like. It was moist, creamy and topped with cocoa powder. This was the perfect end to an epic meal.
I would definitely recommend you to visit this place for some great tasting pizzas and gorgeous Pasta.
To know more you can visit their website http://ilcaminetto.com.au/
I would like to thank the management of Il Caminetto for inviting me to dine at the restaurant.