Eat'alino by Pino
120 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
03 9077 4147
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, Windsor diners can add yet another standout eatery to their list of dining options. Eat’alino by Pino offers authentic Italian fare, transporting diners to all corners of the Boot.
The philosophy behind Eat’alino is simple: eat Italian cuisine in an Italian setting, prepared and served by Italians. Just a stone’s throw from bustling Chapel Street, Eat’alino is bringing authentic Italian to the heart of Windsor.
The menu is filled with recipes derived directly from the homeland of co-owners, Restaurateur Alessio Alia and Head Chef, Pino Russo. The pair has a long working relationship, their first venture being Williamstown’s Mascalzone Pizzeria. With Alessio the previous owner of Greville Street’s Sicilian Orange, and Pino’s hearty Italian cuisine familiar from his time at Mulata and La Svolta, the duo demonstrate strong hospitality roots that create a dynamic team. Alessio finds comfort in owning and operating restaurants similar to those in Italy – making Melbourne feel a bit more like home.
Just a few pasta dishes and main courses feature on Eat’alino’s menu, encouraging diners to linger over vino and antipasti before tucking into a tantalizing selection of wood-fired pizzas.
Mediterranean flavours will delight your tastebuds. Start with thinly sliced Wagyu beef bresaola belly with crunchy celery, authentic Italian grana padano and a drizzle of truffle oil. Vegetarian carasau bread with roasted capsicum and straciatella is another fantastic start to your meal and Panzerotti Fritti – deep fried pizza dough stuffed with friarelli and mozzarella has proved popular among guests.
It’s hard to go past a traditional pizza. The focus here is on high quality, well-rested dough. All the favourites are on the menu, including margherita and marinara, as are a variety of other options including tartufata with mushroom cream, sausage and truffle oil. One of the popular vegetarian items is the parmigiana pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, parmigiano, cherry tomatoes and basil. There are also gluten free and vegan options available.
Alessio says the concept was to bring Europe to Melbourne in the most authentic way possible. “Nothing reminds me more of home than eating and sharing classic Italian cuisine. It was important for Pino and I to capture the essence of Europe in all that the restaurant offers. Pino cooks with special techniques passed down from his Nonna and Nonno, creating a truly special dining experience,” said Alessio.
Eat’alino is perfect spot for a taste of Italy without even having to go as far north as the river.