Melbourne is no stranger to restaurants specialising in Italian fare – after all, Italian is the second largest community in the city. But while there an abundance of restaurants on offer, when you find one with an extensive menu that showcases the best of this wonderful cuisine, with service and quality to match, well, you hold onto something like that. This is the exact case of Footscray restaurant Elementary 15. Chic and stylish, this restaurant serves only the best and provides a delicious fusion of Italian and Mediterranean dishes that will honestly have you weak at the knees. You’ll find this Melbourne favourite on Leeds Street, not far from the Princess Highway. Bookings are essential.
The menu is of course the standout at Elementary 15 in Footscray, and you’ll discover a host of Italian dishes that will transport you to the hills of Tuscany or the spectacular Cinque Terre. If you’re in for breakfast, pair your espresso with Melbourne’s staple dish: smashed avocado. This take is served with poached eggs, feta, tomato and beetroot mix loaded on freshly baked ciabatta. Later on, kick things off at Elementary 15 with Italian meatballs served with charred bread, a salumi board with mixed cold cuts and green olives and ‘nonna-style’ arancini balls served with truffled mayonnaise. Hungry yet?
For the main event, Elementary 15 serves up a few different pastas, and we can’t get enough of the linguine marinara brimming with fresh seafood tossed in garlic, white wine, parsley, cherry tomatoes and lobster stock, or the traditional lasagna di carnevale cooked in the traditional Napoli way. You’ll also find freshly cooked pizzas topped with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roquette with lashings of basil and fresh herbs. With mains, desserts and plenty more besides, you can rest assured your Italian cravings will be more than catered for at Elementary 15. You’ll find this Melbourne restaurant on Leeds Street in Footscray. Bon Appetito!