Maria’s Trattoria

122 Peel St North Melbourne
Phone: 9329 9016

I’m lucky to work not too far from this great Italian restaurant. It does involve a quick ride on a tram, but it’s very much worth it. Even if you have to shell out for a 2 hour ticket just for the occasion, because the price of your lunch plus the price of said ticket is still insanely reasonable.

This day (my birthday lunch with the office colleagues) I had the fettucine with Italian sausage and broccoli. Based on prior experience, I knew to order the entree, and not the main. The main is seriously only for the brave-hearted and the cavernous bellied.

While it was quite busy (Friday lunchtime) and the food took some time to arrive, the pasta was wonderful. Fresh, al dente, and smothered in a tasty tomato sauce.

While I understand pasta is cheap to produce, I have to wonder how serving such mammoth plates for such low prices (the average entree pasta is $12.90) can result in a net profit!?

EDIT: We went back a couple weeks later for another colleague’s birthday lunch. Many more photos this time!

Left to right: Penne puttanesca; Spaghetti and meatballs; Tortellini con pollo e funghi

Spaghetti bolognese and Ravioli con pollo e avocado

Spaghetti con cozze (with mussels)

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