Serving outstanding Italian fare in a sophisticated but humble neighbourhood restaurant is Italian-born Head Chef Davide Ferraro. Located on the bustling side of Bay Street, right near the North Brighton train station, Vivace Ristorante is the perfect place for a mid-week dinner with the family. White tablecloths, vintage posters and a classic interior decor make the restaurant formal but cosy.
It is clear that Chef Ferraro takes great care with the flavours and textures of his dishes. Peppered beef carpaccio is sliced thinly and topped with subtle but creamy truffle mayonnaise, radish, tiny button mushrooms and pecorino. This dish is dainty but delicious. Vivace ‘signature’ linguine seafood aglio olio is a highlight. This house-made pasta dish is brimming with mussels, scallops, salmon and prawns; the light olive oil and chilli dressing with garlic, olives and rocket is divine.
PSST! Vivace Ristorante offers BYO on Mondays to Thursdays for a $15 corkage fee, so bring your favourite wine to the restaurant.