After working in several well-known restaurants across Europe and the United States, Italian-born Paolo Masciopinto moved to Australia in 2008. He brings to Sarti a blend of Italian traditions and modern creativity. Located in one of Melbourne’s narrow alleys, Sarti has an eye-catching red wooden door. The dimly lit dining room has exposed brick walls, dark timber tables and a large central bar.
The modern Italian dishes use only the freshest produce, and Chef Masciopinto knows how to bring beauty to his creations. A light way to start your meal, ricciola carpaccio features thin slices of hiramasa kingfish. Green peppers, lime, radish and tomato dust add layers of flavour to this dish. Rotolo di caprese looks like a piece of art on the plate. Rolled rocket pasta is tossed with tart tomato and creamy mozzarella, and served with a crisp celery salad.
PSST! The Pranzo Express lunch special comprises three courses and a glass of wine for $45 per person.