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“Great food and fantastic service”
Review of Pasta Adagio

Pasta Adagio
Ranked #78 of 356 Restaurants in Richmond
Price range: $45 - $113
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: In a warm and friendly ambience, Carmine Costantini, Head Chef and owner of Osteria la Passione wants to share with our patrons a unique Italian traditional culinary experience with a touch of modern cuisine.
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This restaurant is a bit different from the many other Italian places in Melbourne. There is no menu, the chef creates the evenings meals from the best produce he can source that day. And based on our experience this results in fresh, flavoursome food of the highest quality.

For those with special dietary requirements the no menu option may sound like a problem, but the opposite is in fact true. One of our party had some quite specific requirements so the chef came to the table to discuss them and then created dishes especially for her. All of which were excellent.

On the night we visited we had the three course option. Entree was a light and beautifully flavoured cod mousse served on a small round of toast with a delicate salad and some sardines on the side. For the vegetarian it was a beautiful broad bean salad on cauliflower puree. Both were excellent.

The pasta course was a perfectly cooked chestnut flour gnocci with, for the meat eaters, a bolognese-style sauce with buffalo ricotta and for the vegetarian a porcini mushroom sauce. Again, both were outstanding.

We opted for the dessert as third course and it was a vanilla panna cotta with berries that was a perfect end to the meal. The alternative dessert for our dietarily challenged companion was a flourless orange cake that was equally good. We also had a cheese platter and a couple of bottles of wine recommended by our waiter and both cheese and wine were excellent.

The food here is not pretentious or over complicated, but it is very good. The service is outstanding and the intimate restaurant provides the perfect ambiance to relax and enjoy your meal.

We did perhaps wait a little long between courses and if we'd had the six course option at the same speed it definitely would have started to drag, but really the only reason I did not give this restaurant five stars was the price. And more specifically the prices on the wine list.

$50 per head for three courses of food of this quality is fine. And there is a lower priced option for two courses. The wine list is the killer. For reds It starts in the 40s, then quickly jumps up to $65+. For four people, our bill ended up just short of $400. If you order carefully or don't drink much then this wouldn't be a problem, but if you're planning to make a night of it, drink house wine, go on 'BYO Tuesday' or get ready for a serious bill.

Overall, a great restaurant and I'd highly recommend it.

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Thank jonmerry
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Visited for dinner during July after reading of Restaurant in Pizzini Wines newsletter. My wife and I had the 6 course menu and thoroughly enjoyed the variety and quality of each course with a great bottle of red. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and we were provided with attentive and friendly service by Patrick and his assistant. We enjoyed a chat with Carmine later in the evening and he chatted to all patrons at some stage. We wish the Restaurant was around the corner from us rather than 200 km away, however we can't wait to get back and we will be planning for it in our next overnight visit to Melbourne. Absolutely highly recommended.

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Thank JekAus33
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Went to Osteria la Passione for dinner a couple of weeks ago.
First the pros:
friendly staff and good service, intimate, small restaurant which wasn't noisy, well-presented food.
A lot of hype went into telling the diner about produce from the chef's farm, repeatedly!
Chef who was very secretive about what was served, for example we had a pasta ragout and when we asked what meat(s) were in the sauce, we were told it was the chef's secret! Come on, anyone knows that you can give a person a recipe or an ingredient or two, but it takes more than that for someone to actually be able to cook it!
Small Serves: The boys had the 6 course degustation while us girls nominated for 3 courses and then added desserts after. Size of courses were small (not particularly generous), and I am not a large person!
Value for money: Probably not, given Melbourne has so many really good Italian restaurants. We spent $100 ph.
Would I recommend it?
Go, if you want to feel like you are in an Italian Osteria but food was "safe". Not bad, but nothing really outstanding, more home-style comfort Italian food.

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2  Thank SuzyMelbourne
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Pizzini Wines from the King Valley hosted a wine event, matched with classic Italian food. What an enjoyable evening. The blending of the two was perfectly presented, with wine information being given by Fred Pizzini, and the chef explaining the origins of the food. An event like this, with passionate attendees, needs careful planning, and often can fall apart across the evening. The dedication of the wait staff and the kitchen passed with flying colours. We can't wait to return for dinner.

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Thank geraldq
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Small restaurant, that simply does absolutely everything wonderfully well. YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK. The menu is created daily around the best produce available at the time and from this the chef makes a 6 course dining experience that rivals the best in Australia. Osteria does not require the theatrics of multi hatted venues like Vue de Monde it just lets the food do the talking and it yells. We had a crab course, a vegetable, cured meats, astonishing home made pasta, each with a different bread baked on the premises followed by the most mouth watering mint panacotta all with some beautiful italian wines. The service was perfect, the venue though small is still intimate, all put together makes this a must return.

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Thank Hotabbots
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