On Friday night, our ex-Korean house mate, J from Brisbane visited us over the weekend. He decided on a last minute, impromptu visit as he is headed back to Korea for good in a week's time. After picking him from Tiger Airways terminal, right next to Tullamarine Airport, we headed over to Lygon St. for dinner.
Lygon St. is situated in the northern part of Melbourne city in a suburb called Carlton. It is generally known as the Italian precinct bursting with plenty food eateries.
At about 10pm, some restaurant's kitchen was already having last call. We decided to cross from the street where Il Gambaro was situated over to the opposite street which was more lively and breaming with people. We settled on Cafe Cavallino, well known for it's F1 theme filled with Ferrari interior decoration and of course, the food. It has earned 4 out of 5 stars on Urbanspoon, a site where restaurants are reviewed by critics, bloggers and basically, the general public who makes the effort to give their two cents worth of opinion.
I was feeling greedy and craving something sweet, hence, I decided to give the Iced Mocha a go. Well, let's just say, it wasn't my smartest idea ever. Then again, if I'd never tried it, I wouldn't have known that it wasn't that great. Suffice to say, I won't be trying the Iced Mocha here again.
As J wasn't too good with English and seriously, it is nice to have choices but the variety in the menu was just mind boggling. Even I had to go through it a few times to decide on something. In then end, we decided to go with the Pizza Paesana, medium sized and the Cardinale pasta I forgot to take any pictures. We ordered entree sized and even then, it was quite feeling.
It's not because Mr. C and I are small eaters but rather, we had our dinner earlier at Tom Thumbs in Matthew Flinders Hotel. I'll blog about this place another time but boy was the food there worth it!
AUD10 for main meals with the first drink FREE! Price was cheap, food was tasty and portion was generous!
That was the main reason why we couldn't stuff ourselves any further with the tasty morsels at Cafe Cavillino and left it to J to do the honours. After all, the man flew closed to two hours over to us on an empty stomach. It's only fair, we feed him. And feed him, we did! ;)
The Pizza Paesana was alright. I thought the potato was an interesting ingredient to have as I've never ever had potatoes in my pizza! LOLs. Usually, I only have Hawaiian Chicken, Pepperoni, Meat Lovers or Mr. C's concoction that usually consists of prawns, onions, cheese and chicken.
Cafe Cavallino's Pizza Paesana consisted of potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salami, origano and basil. It wasn't anything much to shout about. It wasn't bad but neither was it outstanding. It was just... alright. I would most likely try a different pizza, if not, hop next door to Cafe Notturno that I blogged before... TWICE!
The Cardinale pasta was much more tastier but I only had a scoop of that. That was the most space I could muster after my dinner AND Iced Mocha. Besides that, service was alright. It wasn't too busy at that time on a Friday night where most people would probably be at pubs or clubs.
The walls and ceiling covered in all sorts of Ferrari memorabilia
Mr. C having to make a hook turn which Melbourne city is famous for...
After dinner, we brought J sightseeing around the city showing him Eureka, Flinders Train Station, St, Paul's Cathedral, Southern Cross Station, Parliament, King St.that is famous for its strip clubs etc, mostly the city's main landmarks as we drove about.
And then, we headed home... about half an hour journey out from the city. ;)