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.
Great authentic Italian that the whole family can enjoy. It feels like you are walking into a warm embrace and the food never fails to satiate an appetite.
The food and the atmosphere are just right for family-friendly dining.
We have regularly dined at Tacco and Tosca and the hospitality there is always genuinely welcoming and the food consistently good. Have not been able to work through the whole menu yest but will definitely be back to try new dishes.
We have had several lovely meals at Tacco and Tosca. The food is delicious, very authentic Italian dishes and wines, the service is attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere is great. We love it!
I booked Tacco and Tosca through Quandoo, for the first time. What led me to this is was I called the restaurant to make a reservation and no one answered the phone. There was no option to leave a message as the machine was full. I jumped online to their website and it directed to make a reservation. It was very easy and straight forward. I received an email confirmation within 15 minutes. Our reservation was in the booking diary, however there was not table for us. There were a lot of reserved tables, it was 6pm and tbls were reserved for 7.30pm. I advised them we'll be out by then. We loved our meal, the pasta was delicious, the Bruschetta flavorsome and we had to fit in dessert - profiteroles - they were delicious, lucky we shared. We look forward to going back again soon.
Dined with party of seven people. Tacco and Tosca was busy but service was still good. Menu is quite large and contains (regional?) Italian dishes I have not encountered before in Melbourne/Lygon Street Italian bistros. Choice was good, and dishes our party had were excellent. Service was efficient and timely. (We are fortunate to have a quality Italian restaurant in our neighborhood: previously we always went to Lygon Street for good Italian food - we are fortunate to have T & T at home!). Not cheap but not too expensive for the quality!)
Not as good as the experience I've had on previous occasions. The service was very slow even though they weren't that busy. We we there half a hour before anyone came near us to take our drinks order only after we kept asking. Apparently only the owner takes the orders! Overall the food was good we had the Zuppa de pesce, snapper (fish of the day) and lobster gnocchi but disappointed with the spinach and ricotta gnocchi which consisted of 4 large stodgy gnocchi, not what we expected. One of our guests told the waiter she couldn't eat it and sent more that half of it back but no one came to ask what the problem was! They also couldn't mix a drink of soda, lime & bitters. They tried 4 times but couldn't get it right!
We had a great time last evening at Tacco and Tosca. The service is always excellent. The waiters are always attentive and courteous. The food is always of a high standard. A beautiful evening was shared by all. A great Pizza and Pasta restaurant with a few meals for those not into Carbs.
I've said it before...this place is a hidden gem, reminiscent of the family owned Italian restaurants I grew up eating at in Perth and Fremantle. Places like the Romany and The Capri, where there's as much a love for running a restaurant as there is for the food. Both of those things are on full display from the moment you walk through the door. If they have the slow cooked ragu on the menu, do yourself a favour...
This is an authentic casalinga type experience where you can either bring your family early to enjoy if your have young kids. You will believe your nonno and nonna are in the kitchen. We arrived a little later and enjoyed a beautiful calamari entree with plate of cheese and prosciutto. Mains were delicus ranging from traditional seafood soup to pasta with lobster. Seriously great food. Hope you enjoy as much as our group of 4 did.