Fo0die dined as a guest of Bruno and Co and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We normally wouldn’t venture to this side of town for a meal but because we were in the area visiting grandma who was in the hospital for her knee surgery at the time, we were in the area.
Opened since July 2017, Bruno and co was named after one of the owner’s last name with co referencing the business partner. Reservations are welcomed and recommended as the venue got quite busy on a Saturday night.
Located within a strip of shops on High Street, parking was easy to come by on a Saturday evening.
Approaching the venue, two bar height tables under blue umbrellas are out front by the street for diners who prefer seating outdoors.
On entry, the bar and counter is on the right with white clothed tables lining the opposite side.
At the back, a few steps up leads you to another dining space. Something to note is the restrooms are upstairs where a private dining room or additional seating is available (29 for sit down and 40 cocktail style).
By day the venue serves up cafe style dishes and by night on Friday – Sunday, the venue serves a seasonal menu which changes weekly depending on the produce. The menu is written on a blackboard and any specials are advised by the team there.
With a good A4 menu of drinks served by the glass and another page by the bottle, we started off with some drinks. The venue also has happy hour between 4pm – 6pm Friday – Sunday!
We ordered the two entree specials, mushroom arancini which had a flavoursome tomato relish which was the predominate flavour to the overall dish and the beef carpaccio which was beautifully presented. The pear gave the dish that bit of freshness while the walnut gave it a nutty earthy flavour.
Off the blackboard we ordered two pasta mains. Mr J had the linguine which came out with a green sauce instead of the normal white, pink or red sauce. The prawns were nice and firm in texture with the overall dish having a lovely seafood flavour to it. There’s something about homemade pasta and the texture of it that we absolutely adore and love.
I ordered the gnocchi which was oven baked and arrived at the table piping hot (even after all our photos!). Soft fluffy gnocchi in an indulgent bechamel sauce which had a subtle heat to it. The broccoli and cauliflower which we thought was unusual for the dish actually helped cut through the cheesy sauce (this ones definitely a dish for the cheese lover).
To finish off we had to have their homemade sticky date. A little dry in the centre but otherwise a lovely flavour with a nice sticky date sauce that you would expect from this dish.
We were pleasantly surprised to find an Italian restaurant like this at this side of Melbourne. With their menu changing weekly, regulars will never be bored and the team can be creative in the kitchen depending on the seasonal produce available.
Dishes that make up this review
- Mushroom arancini with a home made tomato relish
- Beef carpaccio with truffle oil, pear, pickled red onion, walnuts and blue cheese
- Linguine and prawns, calamari, zucchini and cherry tomato ($29)
- Gnocchi in bechamel, cauliflower and broccoli ($24)
- Sticky date pudding
- Negroni; gin, campari, vermouth rosso ($15)