day 1 melbourne – brunch at pellegrini’s …

so where was i?  oh yes, last month i, along with some other girls, went to melbourne.  [we left adelaide at 6.50am which of course meant leaving home at some ridiculous hour of the morning.  the things we do for fun.]

we are part of a newly-formed foodie group called the ‘tempting palates’.  our mission?  to eat our hearts out.

after touching down in melbourne and checking in we set off for some food as a few of us didn’t have breakfast.  pellegrini’s espresso bar (66 bourke street) was the place we went looking for.  one of the girls in the group was told that this place makes the best gnocchi.  i thought that was a pretty big call considering that i think that my nonna makes the best.

you walk in and you immediately you think 1950’s – long bar area, black and white chequered tiles, red leather stools and mirrored walls.


apparently this place has been around forever and lays claim to having the first ever coffee machine in melbourne …

it was suggested that we have a glass of watermelon granita.  even though it wasn’t the right weather for it, why not? it was something different and and it was refreshing.

here’s to eating and drinking our way through melbourne!

when it came to the food, it had to be the gnocchi.  we had a choice of 2 sauces – plain or bolognese – i went for the plain.  imagine my surprise when the bread came out.  it was the old-school crusty buttered bread.  it was like being at home.  then came the gnocchi.  i was very much looking forward to this.  big shoes to fill – well small because my nonna is a tiny woman.

i have to say that nothing beats fresh pasta.  it was delicious …

and i ate every bit of it.

but it wasn’t the same – my nonna wins hands down!

pellegrini’s is a charming little place, with a lot of history on display (i.e photos, memorabilia, etc) that serves authentic italian food and coffee.


not a bad way to start our gastronomical tour of melbourne …

tempting palates’ overall rating score >> tempting palates

“eating is really one of your indoor sports. you play three times a day, and it’s well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible.” ~ dorothy draper


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