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NOT: Caffe Di Vita – Shop 3, 1 Macgregor St, Wilston.

It’s not too often that I get a chance to venture to the North side of town for an evening meal, look so I was quite looking forward to meeting EM upon her suggestion of Caffe Di Vita in the popular Wilston village area.

Truth be told, for a Thursday night it was a little quiet at Caffe Di Vita with less than half the tables occupied.  Meanwhile, the neighbouring venues were echoing laughter and chinking glassware.

The first disappointing moment of the evening was the limited selection of wines by the glass.  From a long list of local and reasonably priced bottles, there were unfortunately only 3 by-the-glass options of red and much the same for the white.  We both chose the cab-sav from South Australia and went on to study the menu.

For an Italian inspired venue I was once again surprised by the limited menu choices, particularly for pizza and pasta meals.  The choices were certainly attractive in their description, but limited none-the-less.

After much deliberation, EM decided on the gnocchi with sausage and mushroom ragu, tomato and cream ($18.90).  The dish was quite rich in its creamy tomato base but the flavour was pleasant enough.  The Italian sausage didn’t do much for the overall elegance of the dish and I think we were both expecting tasty little morsels of chorizo, as opposed to large chunks of possibly-pork…it was hard to tell and there was way too much of it.  In the end, there were globs of meat being pushed around EM’s plate and not much gnocchi to be found in the mix.

The garlic prawn linguini with chorizo, capers, chilli, fresh basil and olive oil took my fancy ($23.90).  The serving size was generous and its appearance quite impressive.  Unfortunately the linguini was dry and bland with mild, constant burning the only discernable flavour on my lips – too much chilli on top of the already spicy chorizo.  The olive oil was non-existent and I suspect the prawns were pulled straight from a packet in the freezer.

We were both left less than impressed with our meal at Caffe Di Vita and although their breakfast service comes highly recommended by EM, I have to say I wouldn’t return for a dinner seating by choice.  There are a lot of appealing alternatives in the Wilston village area and on my next North side excursion I’ll be interested to see how they compare to Caffe Di Vita.  If you have any recommendations, be sure to let us know!

  • Caffe Di Vita – Shop 3, 1 Macgregor St, Wilston +61 7 3352 7155
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