Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
The first time I went to Cecconi’s Flinders Lane in Melbourne was for breakfast. That early in the morning, there were just two other tables occupied, so I had unparalleled service, which was fine by me. I was seated immediately, and it didn’t take me long to decide on the prosciutto for breakfast.
The plate arrived heaped generously with delicate strips of prosciutto, topped with a hand-torn chunk of creamy buffalo mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil. The toast was still warm and crunchy, just the way I like it, and paired with the cheese and meat, it was a match made in heaven.
About a month later, I went back to Cecconi’s for dinner. This time around, the restaurant was packed with patrons dressed to the nines. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long before I was shown to a little table, despite my office wear that was almost dowdy in comparison to what everyone else was wearing.
I chose the pasta with beef and pork ragu (with a healthy helping of freshly grated parmesan on top, of course – they are a perfect match, after all!) and to make sure I got my 5-a-day of fruit and vege, a roasted watermelon and goat cheese salad topped with baby basil. The pasta sauce was hearty and delicious and was perfectly complimented with the al dente pappardelle. And the watermelon salad – it was so simple but the flavours go so well together that I’d recommend it to anyone.
Cecconi’s Flinders Lane is a great Italian restaurant; their meals are classic flavour pairings that are simple but delicious. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s got to be one of the hardest working one Chef’s Hat restaurants around too.
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match.
61 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000
03 8663 0500
Open Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 11.30pm and Saturdays from 5.30pm – 11.30pm. Closed on Sundays.
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