Where: 294-296 Lygon St, Carlton
Is Cafe Trevi the casual hang-out destination of Carlton?
I had previously been to Café Trevi with friends, and thought it was a nice, quaint restaurant located on Lygon Street where service was delivered with a smile. But it was only the second time I went, alone and without friends, that I had the mental attention span to truly savour the experience in a distraction-free environment.
The moment I entered the restaurant, I was greeted by a pleasant looking woman and cordially directed to my seat. At my seat, I began browsing the menu, and found a wide selection of food and drink choices.
From appetizers such as nachos, to pastas, pizza, risottos and seafood, the menu seemed to have it all.
On this particular day I was very hungry, so I selected an entree lasagna and a main woodfire vegetarian pizza, along with some water. Of the items I selected, I can confidently state that not one of them was sub-par, and indeed the lasagna was above average in its texture and taste. It had the right amount of cheese and was one of the better parts of my day (I'd been having a rough day at work). I can only speculate about the other items on the menu.
Although it's true that the pizza wasn't the best I've tasted, there's a certain charm to the pizzas at Café Trevi that cannot be denied. The presentation of the dishes was impeccable, and certainly it was not a wasted investment as far as my stomach was concerned.
On my way out of the restaurant, I was able to chat to the manager, an older man who seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the whole idea of customer service, making sure to relay some pertinent advice on the best way to get to the post office. I left well-fed and satisfied, with no complaints other than the reality that the food was a tad on the oily side.