Chef Paolo Masciopinto has taken the scenic route to this laneway Melbourne restaurant from his native Italy via a number of restaurants across Europe and the United States. At Sarti, he presents innovative takes on both much-loved classics and seasonal surprises.
Just off one of the city’s most popular eating streets, the upstairs dining room surrounds a bustling bar. On warmer nights, the outside terrace buzzes, providing the perfect space for a casual meal.
Crocchettes and fritto misto are popular offerings for those seeking an indulgent beginning to their meal, with lighter options including cured ocean trout enlivened by pops of fish roe and grapefruit. Pasta options include scialatelli with cuttlefish and fennel, duck cannelloni, and a popular squid ink spaghetti with blue swimmer crab. The staff offer diners the option of sharing pasta dishes, with an eye to help save room for the excellent secondi offerings, which include slow-cooked rabbit, aged rib eye, grilled spatchcock and pan-fried barramundi.
PSST! If you are heading to a show, be sure to check out their three-course pre-theatre offering with a glass of wine for $60.