Anthony Scutella and Alison Foley’s love of Italian food and wine radiates through this wonderful restaurant on Nicholson Street in Carlton.
While travelling, the two stumbled upon the Piemonte region of Italy and were instantly and irreversibly charmed by the area’s food and wine. They since have transposed the secrets of the region to the Melbourne food scene with the help of chef Salvatore Caccioppoli.
Fusions of deep Italian flavours permeate a menu that features dishes such as slow-cooked pork belly with cannellini bean ragu, kid goat baked with freshly grated pecorino, and caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella. The spatchcock with sourdough, herb and taleggio stuffing on braised green lentils is a highlight, and, of course, the house-made pasta dishes are always great.
An impressive drinks list compliments the menu – the Barbaresco and Barelo bottles from Piemonte take pride of place. Other Piemontese wines are available, as well as wines from other Italian wine regions and favourites from a little closer to home. If you tire of wine, there's a decent selection of local and international beers, and we recommend trying the Bellini (made with in-house peach puree and prosecco).
Don’t let the chic white tablecloths and modern interior fool you, Scopri radiates a friendly, welcoming vibe ideal for a dinner date or celebration.