Contrary to the established reputation of Lygon Street, where the best italian food can be found; i had more failures than successes. Some of my friends have already written it off and claimed that the most delicious thing on the Italian Street is the thai food at Ying Thai 2.
Well if i had to give it another chance, i had to do my research well and i found Tiamo and Tiamo 2.
We walked along most restaurants that weekday night and the busiest had to be Tiamo and Tiamo 2. With a queue time that was close to half an hour, a tip is to get several people to queue at different lines i.e. one inside the restaurant and one outside as it doesn't seem to be one standard line.
Serving two menus, Tiamo 1; a basic and rustic menu that serves the classical pasta like bolognese and carbonara while the Tiamo 2 has more fancy dishes like home cooked pasta, daily specials and pizzas. Looking through both, all our dishes were from Tiamo 2.
The Prosciutto with Rocket leaves pizza was simple and came in the thin crust that i like. Simple ingredients put into good use.
A pork platter that had some grilled pork belly, pork chop and some really delicious meatballs accompanied with some polenta, potatoes and mixed vegetables. With the exception of the meatballs, everything else seemed rather normal to be on the "specials".
The winner was this home made pasta with meatballs and eggplant in a tomato based sauce. This was so appetising and i could easily finish the whole bowl with ease.
The tiramisu was good but not great. If anything, it tasted like it sat in the fridge too long. The sponge cake dried out.
Finally a decent place for wholesome italian food at Lygon Street, there's hope after all
Address and contact details:
305 Lygon St
Tel: 03 9347 0911
Verdict: Choose the right items like the pizza and the homemade pasta and this is a winner. 4 stars out of 5 stars. Just make sure you make a booking or risk queuing up half an hour for a table.