Melbourne may have no shortage of Italian restaurants, but with its rustic decor and menu full of traditional treats, you can’t get much more authentic than Ecco IL Ristorante. Offering South Yarra diners a taste of Tuscany, at this family-run restaurant on Toorak Road’s shopping precinct you’ll find a range of wood-fired pizzas as well as some fresh meat and seafood dishes. Book ahead to score one of the best tables at this popular Italian eatery.
Located on Toorak Road in Sydney’s South Yarra, Ecco IL Ristorante gives diners a true Italian experience. Sit outside in the charming patio area with its rustic brick tiles and potted plants and dine al fresco, or head inside to the cosy candlelit dining room full of authentic charm with its traditional decor and wooden furniture. Begin your meal with some antipasti, like the calamari fritti (fried calamari with white balsamic mayonnaise) or some zuppa di pesce (raw beef fillet with evo oil, lemon and parmesan).
Serving up pizza just the way it is back in the chef’s native Tuscany, you know the woodfired offerings over at Sydney’s Ecco restaurant are the real deal. Try the pepata topped with tomato, mozzarella, hot salami, wood fire-roasted red peppers and chilli, or the salmone affumicato with Tasmanian smoked salmon, capers, dill, tomato and mascarpone. Round your meal off at South Yarra’s Ecco IL Ristorante by indulging in some tiramisu or sticky fig pudding with butterscotch ice cream – bellissimo!
Ecco Il Ristorante is a pleasant restaurant housed in an attractive terrace which is decorated in a rather austere fashion serving authentic Italian food. We tried the Osso Bucco which was hearty and delicious and would recommend ordering a side of vegetable with this dish. Bread was unexciting and came without butter. My husband requested some olive oil and we were given a dish with barely enough to dip one slice of bread. I would suggest that the restaurant consider offering some beautiful crusty bread and good quality olive oil as Melbourne abounds with beautiful produce. Prahran restaurant Wilson and Market has an exceptional bread with a seaweed butter on their menu as a side dish. We would pay for an Italian version with olive oil.
Not a bad restaurant, but not great either. Food was ok, service was good but didn't have the capacity to keep up with the number of patrons. Staffing the floor with just one more waiter/ress would probably make it a better experience.
Ecco il Restaurante has very pleasant service, very good atmosphere and, as always, excellent food. Another very enjoyable evening at this restaurant. We love it.