Grossi Florentino & Italian In Melbourne

Grossi Florentino was listed as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne by a few sites, so I decided to give them a try.   I would like to thank big brother Google for those list and watching everything I do.

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Grossi Florentino’s decor

I usually Google bootleg copies of the Michelin guide for 3* rated restaurants when I travel overseas.  Unfortunately, those snooty restaurant reviewers haven’t release a guide for Australia.  Therefore, I had to be creative on finding all the best restaurants.  In other words, I had to use this modern technology called Google.

Grossi Florentino is located in Downtown Melbourne.   The restaurant has two floors, which consist of the grill restaurant on the 1st and the fancy schmancy Italian restaurant on the 2nd.  The decor has this old vintage Italian feel to it; it totally reminded me of scenes from the Godfather.  I was speaking with an Italian accent the whole time I ate here.. “He’s sleeping with the fishes”

The service was amazing and our drinks were never empty. Our waitress had a French accent. It was totally hot.  I totally dropped the Italian ascent for the French accent the moment I heard her speak.   Yes, we Americans are pretty obnoxious. Maybe I thought the service was amazing cause of the waitress. Hmmm…

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Grossi Florentino’s menu

Anyway, this was my first meal in Australia.  I was coming off a 15 hour flight from Los Angeles and I was starving for something to stuff my face with like a newborn looking for milk.  Fortunately, I was crying, but I was close.

I looked at the menu and went with Gran Tour menu aka Tasting Menu.  The 5 course tasting menu included a few amuse bouche, but the wine was excluded.  I know. Total bummer.  Food was good but not great. Ce sont mes favoris;

  1. Yellowfin Tuna – The Yellowfin accompanied with Garum Dressing, Shaved Fennel, Apple, Charred Leek, Prosciutto di Parma Fratelli Galloni, and Jerusalem Artichoke Crisps.  Yes that was a crap load of ingredients in one dish.  The dish was good but the fish wasn’t as fresh as my teeth when I decide to brush them.  The texture of the fish wasn’t silky and it didn’t melt in my mouth like edible marijuana baked goods.
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    Yellowfin tuna
  2. Fremantle Octopus – The octupus was a tomato based dish included pizzaiola, Tomato, Capers, Olives, and Lupin. I didn’t think the tomato based sauce complemented the octopus very well like a guy who’s a 4 dating a chick who’s a 10.  The octopus was too gamy and tasted over-cooked.  It was totally like Kellyanne Conway.  A little too much.
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    Octopus
  3. Ravioli All’Uovo – The ravioli came with an Egg Yolk, Smoked Ricotta, Butter, Sage, Amoretti, and Aged Balsamic. I found this to be pretty good and full of flavor. The Egg Yolk and Aged Balsamic was a nice touch to the Smoked Ricotta like Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Sean Spicer.
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    Ravioli
  4. Suckling Pig – The pig had Mustardela, Tasmanian Pepper, Eggplant Puree, Myrtle, Onion Marmalade, and Apple Cider.  I have to say this was probably my favorite dish of the tasting menu because it was pork.  Anything pork gets top ratings from me like bacon.  You have to be a horrible human being not to like pork.  The pig’s skin was crispy like a newly printed dollar bill; the peppers was a great way to add a dash of flavor like drinking while stone.
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    Suckling Pig

Lastly, I would recommend Grossi Florentino if you’re ever in Melbourne.  It’s a decent restaurant serving Italian cuisine from the Mediterranean area of Italy. It’s no where near Olive Garden or Domino’s pasta but it does it’s job.   Is it the best tasting menu I’ve had? I don’t think so.   The only thing I ask you to do is to keep your eyes off my girl.

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  • 8/10
    Service - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Flavors - 5/10
  • 7/10
    Decor - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Ambiance - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Grossi Florentino was listed as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne by a few sites. The service was amazing and our drinks were never empty. I would recommend Grossi Florentino if you’re ever in Melbourne. It’s a decent restaurant serving Italian cuisine from the Mediterranean area of Italy.

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