Fratelli Fresh Alexandria
The Fratelli Fresh foodstores have become an institution for those seeking high quality Italian produce, and this Alexandria outpost is no different. The dining room is large and lively, brightened up with fresh white paint and tiling behind the wrap-around counter, which features a very busy pizza oven at one end. With the option to perch yourself at the bar or take to communal and smaller tables, the atmosphere is a new take on the Fratelli model – more sophisticated pub than cafe, offering a versatile dining and providore space.
From the kitchen, there are all the Italian staples like lamb ragu in chilli and rosemary sauce with gnochetti, crisp battered zucchini flowers stuffed with five Italian cheeses and hefty scoops of tiramisu swollen with espresso and liqueur. The menu’s pizza section features toppings including ‘nduja salami with tomato and mozzarella, and pizza bianca with Gorgonzola and salami. If you’re after something muddled, cocktail maestro Ben Davidson has contributed a couple of recipes: there’s the vodka-based strawberry, basil and balsamic smash, and the lemon thyme and olive oil smash made with Jameson whiskey.