Cecconi's on Flinders Lane is the New Fave...well, at least the New Fave in Italian cuisine.
Cecconi's is separated into two sections - a restaurant (think white table cloths and dark mood lighting) and a cellar bar (more reminiscent of an Italian kitchen with its wooden tabletops and black and white pictures adorning the walls). On choosing to dine at the cellar bar, we quickly realised that neither the service, nor the quality of food, was compromised by choosing the more casual option.
To start with we shared the mushroom arancini with garlic aioli and the san deniele prosciutto with grissini. The arancini were sensational - perfectly crisp on the outside, and deliciously gooey on the inside, these little balls were just bursting with flavour.
For the main I had the Gnocchi Bolognese - a dish so good that I cut each piece of gnocchi into about 6 slices so that I could savour the dish for longer. The gnocchi was light and fluffy, and the Bolognese was rich and well seasoned. Topped off with some fresh parmesan cheese it was absolute perfection.
For desert we shared the apple pie with hot salted caramel sauce. It was honestly one of the best deserts I have ever had. With its soft and well spiced chunks of apple, buttery morsels of homemade crumble, creamy cold ice cream and salty hot caramel sauce tying all of the flavours and textures together, this dish was devishly delicious!
Even if I just go back for the desert, I look forward to dining at Cecconi's again soon.
Verdict: The New Fave - put it as number one on the To Do list.