Italian Pantry

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27-29 Federal Street, North Hobart
03) 6231 2788
Open: Breakfast and lunch Mon to Sat; Dinner Fri from 6.00pm.

From the number of eateries around town, it’s clear than our favourite food is Italian. But as good as many of them are, only a few go much beyond the pizza and pasta clichés.

One that does is the Italian Pantry with its casual breakfasts and lunches and, on Friday nights, when the warehouse becomes a regional-themed, dinner-time trattoria.

Chef Marino Maciocco’s CV includes long sous chef experience at such iconic Italian establishments in Melbourne as Marchetti’s Latin and The Society and, for example, his Sicilain dinner featured specialties from around the island – olives from Agrigento with Sicilian wild oregano and fennel, Messina’s seared swordfish, scallopini a marsala from Palermo, spaghetti a bottarga from the tuna-fishing port of Trapani and caponata, cassata, gelati and canola from just about everywhere accompanied by nine wines from indigenous Sicilian grapes by the glass and bottle.

He says he’s not trying to replicate the Latin’s or The Society’s style here. “We’re not pretending to be a restaurant. We’re a trattoria – and we want to keep things casual and informal, serving good, honest, home-style cooking. But, with the great variety of Italian products here on the Pantry shelves, I’m like a kid in a lolly shop and it’s easy to be inspired”.

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