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The Postina

A cheery neighbourhood Italian eatery bringing big Euro vibes to a historic St Kilda building.
By Sarah Templeton
June 08, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
June 08, 2022

The white brick facade of the Post Office Hotel, or the 'Posty', is now home to The Postina — a new Italian-accented eatery from the crew behind House of Lulu White and The Hamptons Bakery.

Helmed by executive chef James Turno (Grossi Florentino, The European), the family-style menu is a celebration of all things Italian. For those who live by the crust, there's a mammoth lineup of traditional pizza toppings, as well as the less classic 'McDowells big Mick sauce' for pizza dipping ($3).

Handmade pasta options might include a pappardelle with slow-braised duck and porcini ragu ($32), and a pumpkin cappelletti with sage brown butter, toasted hazelnut and gorgonzola ($27). For those of a veggie persuasion, fresh choices abound, including vegan pizza options, a side of shaved cabbage with pea and preserved lemon ($12), and heirloom tomatoes with burrata and black olive crumb ($17).

Eurocentric spritzes and cocktails will have aperitivo hour transporting you into holiday mode, while the wine list features Italian imports from regions like Chianti, Puglia and Campania alongside "Italian-inspired" drops from the Margaret River and Yarra Valley. Also Italian-inspired is the hotel's refurbishment, which includes a light-filled (and foliage-heavy) al fresco dining area and an intimate, wooden interior decor.

A range of daily food and be specials will get you through to the weekend in good spirits, including Pasta & Vino Wednesdays — a glass of wine and plate of housemade pasta for $22 — Thursday's Boozy Bird — a schooner paired with a chicken cotoletta for $24 — and a 3–6.30pm happy hour running every weekday.

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