This cosy Italian trattoria-style restaurant is tucked away down Richardson Street in the leafy seaside Melbourne suburb of Middle Park, and it’s a gem worth taking the time to get to know if you, like many in the city, are in love with good, homemade Italian food. One of the highlights at Tacco & Tosca has to be their claim to have introduced Melbourne to to la puccia, a kind of pizza pocket traditional to the southern Italian region of Puglia that is filled with a variety of Mediterranean ingredients and baked in the wood oven. You have to try it.
Choose from a variety of puccia, from the cisternino (sausage, roasted capsicum, mixed mushrooms, smoked scamorza and mustard seed) to the vegetarian fasano (mixed grilled vegetables with mint, garlic oil and provolone), or go for Tacco & Tosca’s big range of traditional and wood-fired pizzas. It’s quick, simple comfort food like this that locals to Melbourne’s Middle Park love, but this Italian restaurant’s remit goes much further, with a range of Puglian and Tuscan dishes brought to table.
Classic Italian entrees like fresh mussels sauteed in extra virgin olive oil, white wine, parsley, garlic and chilli are a great way to start your meal at Tacco & Tosca’s intimate restaurant down Richardson Street. Further on, the menu is dotted with hints as to the premium ingredients that this Middle Park restaurant use to make each of their dishes rank among the best in Melbourne – this is true Italian dining, trattoria-style. The meat and cheese platter alone tempts with its selection of fine cured meats and cheeses served alongside truffle honey and tarallucci, but it’s the pasta dishes and generous main courses that will have you pinning Tacco & Tosca to your culinary map.
Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Highly recommended for a lazy Sunday lunch, especially in the courtyard on a sunny day. Neighborhood gem. BYO is a bonus.
Good food and atmosphere. Nice neighbourhood bistro that has delivered every time that I have eaten there. Good menu variety and genuine Italian ambience. Recommended.
We were there for an early Father’s Day dinner and the food and service were great. The lamb Ragu pasta was a stand out and we loved that it was kid friendly.