|Café Sopra and Fratelli Fresh, Mitchell Road, Alexandria|
|Shelves of pasta in Fratelli Fresh, Mitchell Road, Alexandria|
You can even wander around the produce section with a drink in hand as you wait, although the Fratelli Fresh section closes for purchases at 7pm.
|Affettati misti at Café Sopra, Mitchell Road, Alexandria|
We started with affettati misti; a mixed plate of cured meats and cheese. I didn't quite catch it all but I think there was prosciutto, ham, bresaola, coppa, chilli salami and smoked mozzarella cheese.
That said, I can rarely go past the Montepulciano or for more celebratory occasions, the full range of Pommery by the glass or bottle.
|The pizza chef in action|
|Pickled beetroot salad with soft boiled egg, crisp pancetta, rosemary |
and gorgonzola dressing
Two halved and soft boiled eggs bulked up the salad, while thins of crisp pancetta added highlight flavours and inimitable texture.
|Tagliatelle with salsicce, crushed peas, mascarpone and pecorino|
Topped with grated pecorino cheese, the tagliatelle was slightly underseasoned; however, that was easy enough to rectify and forgive with salt and pepper brought to the table without asking.
|Lamb ragu with chilli, rosemary and gnocchetti|
The pasta seemed to play second fiddle in the dish that was so generous with slow-cooked chunks of falling apart lamb, it was pretty much a lamb dish with a sensationally full-flavoured tomato sauce (and no noticeable chilli).
|Inside the dining roomCafé Sopra|
There was a moment's consideration of doggy-bagging some of the pasta (they do offer takeaway), but the plates ended up completely clean and us a little stuffed.
The tart features a thick biscuit base that's a flawless balance of crumble and sweetness with a touch of salt. Then it's a thick caramel that is just heaven in a mouthful, beneath perfectly piped whipped cream and thin slices of fresh banana, all topped with chocolate shavings. A more perfect tart, there could not be.
|Shelves of sauce|