Trattoria derives from the Italian word Trattare, which means to treat or attend to. More like an eating club than a conventional restaurant, from our arrival we were treated to a wonderful relaxed service with people who felt more like old friends than wait staff. We decided to go with the signature set menu, "The Italian Table" which is a 3 course set menu chosen by the chef on the night. It is a real surprise and again in keeping with the theme of visiting friends for dinner, friends who cook really well and serve up the most beautifully presented, charming, taste-filled Italian food imaginable.
The night we went the set menu included a Shared Antipasto Plate, Shared Pappadella with slow roasted beef shoulder, porcini, mushrooms and sofrito (which doesn't nearly do justice to explaining the melt-in-your-mouth softness of the beef or freshness of homemade pasta that my self-professed pasta hating dining partner couldn't resist), a main of pan fried blue-eyed on a bed of lemon and potato puree, squid and snow pea tendrills, organic roast potatoes as a side and wonderful pofiteroles for dessert.
One certainly isn't restricted to the set menu for dining, and there is a lovely selection of seasonal blackboard specials available as well. The quality of food is fantastic, in freshness and flavour. Ingredients are sourced nearby and it shows in the taste of the food.
This trattoria is family friendly and holds special family days every Sunday, along with a farmer's and artisan's market day once a month, with babysitting provided for families to enjoy the day. See the website for more information and to book.
If you're not a local and are still wondering if it's worth the drive, I can say that it took me under 45 minutes to get out there on a Friday night from near the city. It was a lovely drive through the country, without too much traffic and definitely well worth the effort - there was plenty of parking on-site and it was a pleasure to escape the city for an evening.