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Review: Cafe Di Stasio, Melbourne

Hey everyone,

Hope you’re all good and are enjoying your day!

Today’s post is another review (as I’m sure you saw from the title!). When I was in Melbourne in June, I was lucky enough to be able to go to some of the best restaurants in the city. One of them, that I’d heard a lot about, was Cafe Di Stasio in St Kilda. On with the review…

Be warned, the restaurant looks a bit run down and strange from the outside. Inside, however, there is a really comfortable, ‘homey’ feel and the waiters for sure seemed like they knew what they were talking about with regard to the food but it also seemed like everyone there was part of a family.

The menu was extensive. Seriously. The headings were ‘Il Primo’, ‘Pasta E Minestra’, ‘Il Secondo’, ‘Insalate E Contorni’ and ‘Dessert’. I’m sure you can imagine my face was like the emoji with hearts for eyes.

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We had gone to an Italian restaurant the night before (review coming) so I don’t really know what came over me in Cafe Di Stasio but I DIDN’T CHOOSE PASTA OR RISOTTO OR MOZZARELLA. I know. Rookie error. Looking back at the menu now, I wish we could go there again so I can try my all time favourite meal Bucatini Alla Matriciana. However, I’m not complaining because the meal I did have was seriously incredible. No regrets. … Ok, a few regrets.

 

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I had the Caprese al Forno – Oven baked salad of goats cheese, tomato and basil (first picture in the blog post). You can’t go wrong with baked goats cheese and tomato. Next, I had the Agnello all a Romana – Lamb, slow cooked with white wine, anchovies,
rosemary and garlic bruschetta (pictured above). The lamb was so tender, falling straight off the bone and the rich gravy it was in made it was the perfect warming dish for a cold Melbourne night.

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As my side dish, I got the Verdure al Forno – Oven roasted vegetables with rosemary. I LOVE roasted vegetables so for me, this was possibly the best part of the meal (sad, I know) but seriously, they were so delicious I ate practically the whole bowl to myself. Hey, I’m a growing girl! … That’s what I tell myself anyway.

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My brother actually ordered something green as his side dish, which turned out to be really yum too. Broccolini Trifolati con Acciughe – Sautéed broccolini with garlic, anchovies and chilli (pictured above). Highly rated by the other members of the family as they love a bit of chilli. Mum, a.k.a Potato Queen, very predictably went for the Patate Arrosto con Aglio – Potatoes with garlic parsley and parmesan (pictured above). I think she left a part of her heart in St Kilda that evening because those potatoes were, in her words, “probably the best potatoes I’ve ever eaten”. Bold statement, I know, but I was permitted to try (a small) one and I can agree that they were garlicky, cheesy, fluffy, crispy and potato-y. You make a mean potato Mr. Di Stasio.

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For dessert, again, the jet lag must have been really affecting me because while Tiramisu is my new favourite dessert, I didn’t pick the Profiteroles or the Chocolate Tart. Fool. I had the Tiramisu (pictured above) and it was good. Nothing to write home about but not bad either. After visiting Rome, I should never even try another Tiramisu as they are never going to live up to the ones I had there. Sorry, I’ll stop rambling now!

I would give it…

Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Location: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Menu: 9/10
WOULD I GO BACK? Yes.

What do you usually order at an Italian restaurant? Whats your favourite Italian dessert? Let me know in the comments!

H x

Healthy Instagrammers

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is a little bit different as I wanted to share with you some of the accounts I spend a lot of time procrastinating browsing through in my valuable  spare time! You may not know this already but although I’m now a foodie, I also consider myself a healthy foodie! As much as I love chocolate, desserts, bread, takeaways, eating out etc. etc. I’m also really into health and fitness. I will do more posts about this in the future and I will be sharing some of my favourite healthy recipes but for today I wanted to keep it short and sweet (she says finishing the first rambly paragraph!).

In no particular order, here are some of the instagram accounts I love to go to for inspiration! (These accounts will inspire anyone, not just health conscious people as I can promise all of the food looks amazing and the recipes I have tested definitely live up to the expectations!)

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@superfoodsiobhan – A 20 year old vegan from England shares her quick and easy meal ideas. (Pictured above)

@deliciouslyella – Famous for her bestselling book ‘Deliciously Ella’, so many amazing recipes with so many nutrients packed in!

@Thebodycoach – Really funny videos from Joe who shows you how to cook your favourite meals ‘Leanin15’ style!

@Fitmencook – Innovative ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner that would fool anyone who didn’t know they were healthy.

@Cleaneatingalice – Simple meal ideas from Alice who shows that eating clean isn’t boring and isn’t rocket science!

@Zannavandijk – With a really good philosophy on food, Zanna shows that life is all about balance, so indulge every once in a while!

@livingthehealthychoice – Mouth watering meals made by German Pauline, featuring fresh, in season fruits and veggies.

@livinghealthywithchocolate – Chocolate! But no sugar, refined carbs or processed ingredients in sight.

@lorrainepascale – Lorraine is a chef, so understands how flavours work but tweaks her recipes to ‘healthify’ them!

@honestlyhealthy – Based on an alkaline diet, Natasha posts healthier family favourites as well as unique, creative dishes.

@hemsleyhemsley – Sisters who aren’t afraid to include meat in their diet, show how feeling good comes from eating delicious, healthy food! (I recreated one of their dishes, as seen below)

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Leave a comment below letting me know what Instagram accounts you love to have a browse through – healthy or unhealthy!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x