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Etto Italian Street Food

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by Aloo (subscribe)
Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you. I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published March 17th 2013
Big pasta love


Eating in Italy is more than a way of satisfying your appetite, it's a way of celebrating living," say the founders of Etto, Dave Ansett, Stephane Meyer and Peter Singline.

Etto, on Claredon Street, South Melbourne, attracts many passerbys, especially with the bright colours, funky postcards and colanders for light shades and that's before you browse the menu. It's interesting, it's fresh and it's fun.



We went there on a weekday. It was bustling with not enough seats, although there are some outside. Staff are friendly and there are vegan and gluten free options on the menu .The idea is to pick the sauce, the type of pasta and then any accompanying dishes and they will make it up fresh for you.



We ordered a vegetarian caponata with penne, an Italian slaw and spicy Italian sausage with penne. They were all amazing. Especially the slaw, so light and fresh. We could see them making up the individual pasta dishes. The serving sizes are good, and the prices reasonable. Bambini are also catered for; they can have any pasta with sauce for $6.50.

Italian Slaw (lightly pickled white cabbage, carrots and celery mayo free - vegan)


Service was fast and friendly, and there were some interesting drinks, which were imported from Italy, to choose from also.

Spicy Italian Sausage (free range pork sausage with basil pesto)


Roasted vegetable Caponata (zucchini, red capsicum, eggplant in confit garlic and San Marzano napoli sauce)


They have these cute postcards for you to pick up and pop on your fridge at home. Etto has such a lovely vibe. My only concern is the lack of seating; I am sure as word gets out people will struggle to find a seat.

Something to write home about...use these postcards


Feel the pasta passion, read all about it here and then visit. Enjoy this little piece of Italy right here on our doorstep, I certainly did.

Imported Italian soft drinks, licensing to come.
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Why? Fresh homemade Italian 'street food'.
When: Open 7 days
Phone: 03 9696 3886
Website: etto.com.au
Where: 261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
Cost: Reasonable
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