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Cafe Romantica

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Published January 29th 2015
There's nothing romantic about 2am pizza
Few cafes in Melbourne are open in the evening, let alone past midnight. Cafe Romantica in Brunswick is an Italian restaurant/cafe that is conveniently open at all hours of the night. The extensive menu boasts pizza, including gourmet pizza, pasta, steak and more.

We ordered a large peperonata pizza, which cost $16. The chief ingredients of the pizza were green capsicum, olive, mushroom and shredded ham on a tomato base. It was supposed to have cheese, but had very little and was instead loaded with mushroom. This was a pleasant state of affairs; a welcome change from how restaurant pizzas often have too much cheese and scrimp on the vegetables.

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Pizza from Cafe Romantica.


Service at Cafe Romantica could do with some improvement. It appeared to be a case of too many staff and not enough communication. Our pizza took over half an hour to arrive; enough time for the people at the table beside us to come in, order, receive their food and leave. Having said this, you would not come to a late-night cafe expecting impeccable service.

Cafe Romantica seems like the type of place where you would go to line your stomach with pizza or pasta at the end of a night out. Contrary to its name, it was not particularly romantic. The lighting was glaringly bright, and with raucous customers who appeared to be on their way home from a night out (on a Sunday, no less), it was quite loud at times. Featuring a pool table, pinball machines and large tables, Cafe Romantica is perhaps more suited to large groups rather than couples looking for a quiet bite to eat.
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Why? For a late night chat with snacks or a meal.
When: 5:00pm - 10:00am, Tuesday - Sunday nights.
Phone: 9380 4437
Where: 54 Lygon St, Brunswick East 3057.
Cost: About $20 for a meal.
Your Comment
Interesting review, not what I expected with a name like Cafe Romantica. The pizza sounds delicious though especially the extra mushroom.
by Laura Turner (score: 2|479) 1416 days ago
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