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Abbiocco Pasta & Wine St Kilda

This Bayside favourite's second outpost is your go-to for house-made mortadella, top-notch fresh pasta and blood orange negronis.
By Libby Curran
October 26, 2022
By Libby Curran
October 26, 2022

Sequel to the popular Highett pasta and wine bar of the same name, light-filled, olive-hued Barkly Street spot Abbiocco is winning over a whole new swag of followers. The moniker references an Italian phrase that loosely translates to 'food coma', and yes — that means you're in for some generous feasting.

Familiar Italian flavours are given a creative refresh and, while the menu shares a similar feel to that of its sibling, it also boasts plenty of new additions. Pasta is the hero, made fresh in-house each day. You might be in for the likes of prawn and globe artichoke bucatini in a crustacean sauce ($35), pork casarecce 'alla Romana' ($34), or a pumpkin gnocchi finished with walnut cream and vincotto ($33).

A strong antipasti lineup features bites like cheesy porcini and leek arancini ($12), and swordfish carpaccio ($23), plus Abbiocco's own mortadella, served with veneti peppers and pistachios ($17). And revamped classics like strawberry semifreddo with bush pepper pistachios ($8), and gianduja and orange cannoli ($15) beckon from the dessert list.

Meanwhile, the wine offering celebrates Aussie drops alongside many from the homeland, with an impressive range pouring by the glass — you can just as easily match your after-work snacks with a Tassie chardonnay by Barringwood ($16), as the Tenuta Orsumella Tuscan sangiovese ($20).

A collaboration lager made with Bad Shepherd ($11) headlines a solid craft beer lineup, while cocktails sport a distinctly Euro lean — from the blood orange negroni ($21) to a limoncello and grapefruit spritz ($16).

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