Warm and welcoming, Vivace Ristorante is led by Italian Head Chef Davide Ferraro.
Inside has the perfect mix of cosy and classy. Creaky wooden floors, pristine white tablecloths and interesting and unusual paintings of African animals juxtaposed with a wall of Italian frames.
You could start with an antipasto board with San Daniel prosciutto and wagyu salami. A plump, round ball of burrata comes with garden tomatoes and a house-made watercress pesto. Lightly fried calamari fritti has thin matchstick zucchini on top, dusted with paprika on a bed of pea and mint velouté. The signature dish is the linguine ai frutti di mare, full of sublimely fresh salmon chunks, prawns, scallops and mussels in a light butter sauce with rocket, olives and a hint of chilli. Heavier mains include a Black Angus pasture-fed eye fillet served with pickles, shallots agrodolce and a red wine jus. Fish of the day may include a crispy-skinned salmon with warm spelt and quinoa and a refreshing cucumber and fennel salad.
PSST! Vivace does an excellent lunch special of two courses and a glass of premium wine for $44.