In Italian, ‘scopri’ means ‘to discover,’ or ‘to find out,’ and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you dine at Scopri. The menu revolves around using the freshest local produce possible, with a focus on what’s in season. There are regional Italian dishes on offer, as well as several interpretations of classic Italian favorites. For spring, you’ll find unique dishes like Quaglia Arrostita (roasted quail wrapped in pancetta), Pappardelle Agl Ragu Di Coniglio (hand-cut Pappardelle with rabbit and Arneis ragu), and Capretto Rustico (kid goat cooked on the bone in white wine with peas and potatoes) alongside favorites like the Ossobuco di Vitello (slow-cooked veal ossobucco on polenta) and Risotto agli Asparagi (asparagus and Parmesan risotto). Scopri also encourages BYO, so bring along that special bottle you’ve been saving.
Located near Lincoln Square is a modest, unassuming space that produces one of the best authentic, Sicilian-style pizzas alongside a handful of pasta dishes. The interior is rustic, and the high ceilings and great lighting add to the low-key vibe. The king of pizza, Pietro Barbagallo, is the owner/chef of Kaprica, which is why the pizzas are so lip-smackingly delicious. The pizzas are kept simple, with only a handful of toppings on thin, crispy bases, as all great Italian pizzas should be. The broccoli, Mr John, and Salmone pizzas are winners, but the icing on the cake has to be the delectable chocolate ganache tart or the rich and creamy tiramisu.
Kaprica, 19-21 Lincoln Square South, Carlton VIC, Australia +61 3 9347 1138
If you are looking for an authentic Italian joint, you’re at the right place. DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar is part of Tony Nicolini’s Italian empire, one of the pioneers of the Melbourne artisan pizza movement. It’s a celebration of simplicity and deliciousness; thin crispy bases are paired with core Italian ingredients. There is a good variety of gourmet pizzas, salads, as well as what seems like never-ending pages of cheeses and cured meats. Choice picks include the Pizza ai Porcini, Pizza San Daniele, and Pizza Salsiccia, but don’t forget to give the D.O.P. Italian buffalo mozzarella a go too. There are also a couple of dessert pizzas to indulge in: a goat’s cheese tiramisu, as well as pannacotta.
Billy Boy Blue may barely be a year old, but it’s been serving honest, hearty, and great-tasting food since it opened in April. The seasonal menu focuses on European peasant–inspired food, but what’s more intriguing is that while the menu is split into starters, mains, sides, and sweets, it goes even further and makes dishes available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Take your pick from French favorites like Chicken liver parfait, Coq au Vin, and Aylesbury Duck Breast; German delicacies like Kholrouladen and Schweinshaxe; and much more. If you’re on the hunt for comfort food from your childhood… well, you can stop now.
Billy Boy Blue, 639 Rathdowne St, Carlton North VIC, Australia +61 3 9349 1014