Fratini La Trattoria
10 Greenwood Ave
Here we are at another new restaurant on the Greenwood strip, and an Italian one at that. But head chef Gabriel Fratini remains undaunted by his neighbours, including stalwarts Donna Carmela and Peperoni Pizzeria. His offering promises something creative, bespoke, and (unusually for the area) not aimed at families with young children.
The à la carte menu has a range of antipasti, pasta and secondi ranging from $28 to $38. We had the Assaggini, a menu of 12 dishes ($70), giving us the best chance to try the creations that Gabriel concocts at the open kitchen and bar area. The dishes are altered frequently to suit customer taste, the produce available and Gabriel’s imagination. While there, we see him converse with every customer to find out his or her likes and dislikes, and altering dishes accordingly.
For us, stand-out antipasti dishes included the tender octopus with tuna sauce, and a crunchy calamari with, again, tuna sauce. Our secondi of lamb with onions and mushrooms was the winning dish, the delicate chicken with zucchini and mozzarella coming a close second.
Then the pasta. My favourite was a light tagliatini with prawns and zucchini. My husband’s favourite was the baked pasta stuffed with meat and cheese.
The desserts of the day come served on spoons, just a mouthful. These included a green apple pie and tiramisu.
We enjoyed a glass of the Seiano Chardonnay ($10), and then the Seiano Merlot ($10), finishing with a quick espresso, before rolling ourselves home stuffed full of delicious food and wondering what Gabriel would have on his menu the following week.
Must-try Dish: Baked pasta filled with meat sauce and cheese