One of my favourite restaurants in all of Melbourne is a place called Torrente on Pascoe Vale Road, in Essendon. It is a big restaurant, with its own car park, so it's very convenient.
It's main focus is Italian food (which is always great) but it also has other delicious dishes as well. The dish I love to get whenever I go there is the chicken avocado dish. It has the most delectable, creamy sauce. You can get a salad, or chips, or veggies on the side. I always go for the veggies, though, because the broccoli and cauliflower smothered in the rich sauce is actually like heaven on a plate. It also has an avocado on top of the chicken, which adds even more flavour. It really is one of my favourite dishes I've ever eaten.
The mushroom risotto is really tasty, too, as is the pizza. Very well prepared. The wedges - which we order a plate of before every meal there - are perfect, served with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. Actually impeccable.
The service is also excellent. The staff are all very pleasant, friendly and helpful. When I had the mushroom risotto the first time, I asked for no mushrooms (because I hate the texture of mushrooms and can't eat them) but they brought the plate with mushrooms. However, the moment I told them I asked for no mushrooms, they took the plate back, without a word, and brought me back a new, steaming plate minus the slimy mushrooms.
The atmosphere truly is wonderful. You can sit outside, under big umbrellas on nice days. Or you can stay indoors, where there are some booths that are very comfortable, or big tables. They also have great music playing softly in the background, which is really cool.
Overall, excellent restaurant, great service. I really couldn't fault it. Actually, there is a bit of a wait for your food to come. But, other than that, it really is wonderful. And I definitely recommend the chicken avocado. Enjoy! (they deliver as well! Phone: 9379 3937)