Courtney is a freelance fashion, art and design writer and content creator for www.mrgift.com.au - an online boutique specialising in quality gifts for men. Read more of Courtney’s work at www.alittlepinkbook.blogspot.com.au
Published April 28th 2011
One of my fondest memories of Italy was sheltering in the shade of a little restaurant in Rome on a blistering hot day, washing down a freshly cooked pizza with an ice-cold Peroni. Ahh the good life, or should I say "la dolche vita."
Il Pomodoro in Federation Square is the closest I have come to this blissful experience again. Sure, there are some amazing Italian restaurants out there (especially in Melbourne), but this one is hard to beat for ambience and good food. Surrounded by cheerful red umbrellas, trailing passion fruit vines, and an outdoor herb garden, Il Pomodoro is the perfect spot to enjoy a beer and pizza whilst people watching across Fed Square. And the pizza is good. Think crispy-thin-crust-goodness, smothered with fresh mouth-watering toppings.
There is a vast selection of drinks, ranging from beer to wine to coffees and soft drinks. The highlight is of course the Italian beer and wines. Italian beer is available on tap or by the bottle and prices range from $8-14.50. The wine selection includes all the Italian favs – Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Chianti, Prosecco, as well as some well-know Aussie wines for those who want to drink a little closer to home. Prices range from around $8-13 per glass.
Comforting Italian favourites such as Arancini rice balls, pasta, risotto, calzone and of course pizza are menu staples. Pizzas range from $18-22 and main meals $20-27. But make sure you save room for desert – Tiramisu and Choc Pudding are pretty hard to pass up on! Il Pomodoro also serves breakfast, and with a menu this versatile it's hard to choose between breaky, lunch, dinner or even just a coffee.
The service is friendly and attentive and nothing is too much trouble Il Pomodoro's staff. With an online reservation system it is easy to book a table, but walk-ins are also warmly welcomed.