Il Solito Posto
Nestled in a basement on the corner of Collins Street and George Parade, Il Solito Posto is an old favourite that Melburnians are rather fond of. Having successfully created a cosy and rather private, below-ground cellar-like environment, the restaurant offers a sophisticated wine list and classic Italian cuisine across bistro and fine dining, in two separate rooms.
Beyond the antique bike that sits perched against the basement entrance, is a dimly lit interior that manages to accommodate the crowds that flock from breakfast through to dinner. If you fancy bistro dining, try their ‘Antipasto Della Casa’ which features seasonal assaggini picked from both land and sea. If you are after something more substantial, there are a number of dishes to satisfy, from an array of pasta dishes such as a rich veal, tomato and rosemary penne ragu, or the Insalata di polo, that puts a regular chicken salad to shame.
For a fine dining experience take a few extra steps down to the lower basement which is lined with racks of fine wine. The hand crafted gnocchi with wagyu oxtail ragu promises delight. Unwind after the meal with their traditional affogato, or if your stomach permits, do yourself a favour and go classic with the tiramisu.