Touted as one of the best restaurants in Ivanhoe, Va Tutto is indeed a great place for modern Italian food with a touch of Asian flavours. Judged by Australia's leading food critics, it won the 'Restaurant of the Year' award in 2006. The legacy has carried on.
The bistro is perfect for a casual dinner, whereas the restaurant is ideal for a formal and more conventional dining experience. Both dining areas offer extensive à la carte menus. In terms of presentation and taste, each dish embodies the creative talent of the chefs.
The decor is refined with a well-coordinated seating plan. The service is good and if you have special dietary requirements, the chefs would easily create something on request. They serve a wide variety of wines, cocktails and other aperitifs. The restaurant menu also includes a selection of fine, aged cheeses.
Va Tutto is open for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday, except Saturday, between noon and 4 pm; it's open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday between 6 pm and 10 pm.
The main dining room can seat up to 85 diners while, the function room can accommodate 35 guests. The cafe, however, can seat up to 55 people. For bookings, call 03 9499 7769.
Though everything on the menu is utterly luscious, here's a small list of absolute must-haves:
Crispy fried zucchini flower with goats cheese and pesto (entree) $22
Spanner crab and potato cake on flavoured coconut milk (entree) $24
Globe artichoke with goats cheese, rocket salad and pesto (entree) $23
Pizza with haloumi cheese, potato, spinach, black olive and lemon (bistro menu) $18
Prawns with sugar snaps, macadamia nuts, jasmine rice and prawn cakes (main) $39