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Pacino's Italian Family Restaurant

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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 August 19th 2012
True to it's mission
Pacino's looks popular. I have driven or walked past and wondered how somewhere that is not in a typical restaurant destination can become so busy.

So this week I thought it time to give it a go.

Having reviewed a few pizza places, I felt I had some recent comparisons. L'uccellino, La Porchetta and The Forge each had their own distinctive styles. What was Pacino's?

The first thing I noticed was it was almost full and there were mostly families, many with young children. There is a kids menu and the staff and vibe should make families feel comfortable. I noted a few 'Italian mammas', so I thought it was likely to be traditional Italian food.

Restaurant mission statement
Mission Statement

The waiter seated us immediately and offered us drinks from the drinks menu. Although tempted by the large range of cocktails, I settled for a glass of red on this cool Melbourne night.

The menu was typical of an Italian restaurant. However I did note that there were few vegetarian, let alone vegan friendly options. All of the salads had meat! Now that's not typical, and for me quite disappointing.

The service was average, but not bad. The ambience was like that of a family restaurant, - loud and friendly. But the food is clearly what people returned for. The pizza was great. Although my potato pizza was a little greasy (I think the potatoes were fried first), they were flavoursome and on a thin crust. It compared well with The Forge.
Potato pizza
Potato pizza

Tasty thin crust pizza

This is what it claims to be a family restaurant, with traditional Italian fare. A good option in Flemington, near the showgrounds, with plenty of parking.
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Where: Shop 28, 300 Epsom Road, Flemington
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