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Published May 20th 2014
Moustaches and handmade Italian food is the way to go
Gepetto's, with its trademark moustache logo, is one of those versatile restaurants that can cater for a wide range of occasions, from casual family dinners to fancy celebrations to a romantic date. Generally, it's hard to go wrong with Italian food, and Gepetto's offers authentic Italian cuisine.
The restaurant can be found in two locations: Kew and Burwood. They are slightly different in terms of the service and the food. There does not seem to be a fixed 'better' one of the two. The pros and cons of both interchange from time to time and the menus are slightly different. I know this because I've been to both restaurants numerous times, and my family and I mostly order similar dishes each time. Also, a random but interesting fact I've found out is that Gepetto's in Kew tends to have more waiting staff who are Italian or European at least, who often have fascinating and beautiful accents.
For the dinner menu, one of the best dishes in my opinion is the lamb pappardelle. It is a slow-cooked lamb ragout in Napoli sauce that is bursting with flavour. The Kew menu also has a similar lamb ragout pasta called casarecci.
The frutti di mare is available at both restaurants and I highly recommend it as well. It is spaghetti cooked with an assortment of seafood including mussels, prawns, calamari, scallops and fish in an olive oil-based sauce.
At a recent visit to Gepetto's Kew for a birthday dinner, we tried the mushroom and duck tortellone, which consisted of stuffed tortellone drizzled with a delicious and faintly sweet sautéed mushroom cream sauce. The tortellone were quite average, but the sauce was very good.
The pizzas at Gepetto's are also highly recommended. They have a wide selection of gourmet choices including prosciutto pizza, a personal favourite, in which thin slices of prosciutto are served with rocket, fior di latte, parmesan and dashes of balsamic vinegar. The salads are also quite good, such as the smoked chicken salad, which had smoked chicken, lettuce and glaced pears with macadamias and honey mustard dressing.
There is a lunch menu as well, which differs from the dinner menu. There is a more limited selection of pizzas and pastas compared to the dinner menu, but it offers burgers and gourmet sandwiches as well. Private functions and catering are also an option at Gepetto's. The details included below are of the Kew restaurant, but more information about both restaurants can be found on their website.