On an overcast Saturday afternoon where do you go for a bowlful of comfort food? When the grey skies leave you wanting something more substantial than the Brunswick and Fitzroy café offerings but you don’t feel prepared to brave the frequently overpriced tourist end of Lygon street, try Rosario’s. The food is uncomplicated, hearty, traditional Italian at reasonable prices without the Lygon street hype.
We tackle the breadbasket as we peruse the menu. I wish they’d softened the butter slightly as I consider the special of pappardelle with goat ragu with garlic and chilli. We begin with an appetiser of Polpettine di Riso ($5.50). These arancini balls don’t offer a big flavour hit but make for a delightful starter nevertheless.
For mains we try the Pappardelle con Polpettine ($18.50). This time the polpettine take the form of well seasoned meatballs on a bed of silky handmade ribbons of pasta. I must warn you though that the serving sizes here may defeat even the greediest diners.
We also try the Risotto di Frutti di Mare ($18.50) with an impressive seafood to rice ratio. The prawns, mussels and scallops are paired with a cream sauce that almost makes you forget the effect on your waistline.
There’s nothing challenging about this food but it’s intensely appealing with Winter around the corner.
246 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
Ph: 03 9380 6311
Tue - Fri 6pm till late, Sat - Sun 12.00pm till late