Review: Rococo Glenferrie Road

For our weekly hangout, A, G, S, and I decided (after rejecting a number of different restaurants because I had eaten too much Asian and A didn't want to go to a restaurant dedicated to one food item) to go to Rococo in Glenferrie Road. There is also a Rococo in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda and Acland Street, St Kilda, which is the original out of the three. Sidenote: we actually wanted to go somewhere cheap but Rococo wasn't the best place for that. Pizza was the only substantial thing we could really afford on the menu.

A's Capricciosa pizza, with double smoked ham, tomato, mozzarella, black olives, (without) creamed artichokes or mushrooms and basil, was saucy and full of flavour - she couldn't even wait for the photo to take a bite. 
The interior of the restaurant is vast, with large windows that let in a sea of light during the day and creates a warm and tranquil atmosphere. In the evening, candles and soft lighting creates an intimate environment, and you can still enjoy a nice conversation with whoever you're with without having to shout. Even the traffic from Glenferrie Road seems like it's miles away.

G and I both ordered the Potato, Rosemary & Sea Salt pizza, with taleggio cheese and caramelised onion. I have loved potato on pizza ever since my Nonna first introduced me to her version (I've never tasted one as good as hers since).

The menu could only be described as modern Italian, featuring antipasti, pasta, pizza, risotto, and various, impressive mains (which includes a 300g chargrilled black angus sirloin and herb crusted Tasmanian salmon). There is also a breakfast menu available. They also have a spectacular list of Italian deserts, including decadent flourless chocolate and hazelnut torte and buttermlik pannacotta.

Our waiter suggested we should get a starter as well to eat whilst we were waiting for our mains, but we decided against it. On reflection, I suggest that you consider getting a starter if you go on a busy night. Despite the price and wait though, the pizza's were fresh, tasty and a generous serving and we all took three slices home because we couldn't finish it all (and because the morning after pizza always tastes better).

S was pretty smug about her order, Pumpkin pizza with mozzarella, goats cheese, caramelised onion, pine nuts, and rocket - everyone wanted a bite. 
The staff were quick and friendly, which was impressive because the place was pretty busy (especially as it was a Saturday night - S cleverly had the foresight to make a booking). We got a seat outside because it was a nice night, and there was a waiter dedicated specifically to the outside courtyard seating, so we weren't forgotten.

We all picked up some really nifty matchboxes and matches when we were paying, which was a really nice touch. You never know when you might need a box of matches. 
Rococo is open 7 days a week, from 7:30am until 12am, and the kitchen is open all day, so there's no excuse not to go and graze small dishes or eat something more substantial any time you want.

797 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
9818 8212

Mon - Fri: 7:30am to 12am


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