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Rosetta is Neil Perry’s third Crown restaurant. As it is Perry’s first stand alone Italian restaurant, the many visitors of Crown in Melbourne are fortunate to have Rosetta in such close proximity. With a beautiful location off Crown Towers in Southbank, amazing decor that takes you back in time with the sophisticated backdrop of chandeliers, framed black and white photographs of Italian celebrities that in Rosetta’s design gives you a little taste of Italy. The food boasts a wide variety that celebrates the many regions of Italy with an impressive wine list to match. This was our experience:


Calamari – Fried Squid and Zucchini: $32
Jessica: As you can see, this is a fairly large portion for an entree! I was expecting to get 3/4 of this plate max. The fried squid was cooked well, however I do wish they were a bit crunchier. The zucchini was cooked perfectly, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The herbs added a light flavour, nothing too overpowering. To be honest, this large portion was starting to fill up my tummy! 7/10


Grigliata Mista di Mare – Charcoal grilled prawns, calamari, baby octopus, and mussels with extra virgin olive oil and lemon :$45
Jimmy: When this meal came out, it looked amazing. The portions seemed very generous and the first thing I thought was shit, this could get messy, as the prawns seemed to still be in their shell. So I started with the calamari and the flavour you get from the first bite really packs a punch. Really tasty and everything was so well cooked. Thankfully i could get through everything without having to use my fingers. The extra virgin olive oil and lemon gave the seafood something different from the charcoal grill and I’m happy that they had enough of the dressing as I feel the dish could’ve lost something as I ate more. 7/10


Spaghetti – with zucchini, chilli and prosciutto :$32
Jessica: My favourite dish of the night! I wish I took a photo of the pasta before the waiter put parmesan cheese on it! Of course, I requested for a lot of cheese. The spaghetti was cooked so well, everything in this dish was cooked perfectly! I’m usually not a massive fan of chilli, but this added another element to the dish and took it to a whole new level. As you can see from the picture, the spaghetti was drenched in quite a lot of olive oil.. the dish was delicious but it would’ve been perfect without. It’s hard to believe that I would say this but I prefer this pasta over my beloved bosciaola or carbonara sauce pastas! The problem with those heavier pasta sauces is that you can get sick of it easily, but this didn’t give that feeling at all. 8.5/10


Anarta – Wood fire roasted duck, mattone style with saffron roasted apricots, pinenuts and raisins :$45
Jimmy:  There’s something about apricots that doesn’t really appeal to me, so whilst ordering this dish I was kinda hoping that it would give me something to convince me. To be honest, that duck was cooked so nicely, with the apricot and the pine nuts and raisins, this was an enjoyable meal. I really enjoyed the raisins with the duck and I wished there was a little more. Though nothing too special with this meal, the duck was really well cooked though I felt something was missing. 6.5/10


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Torrone al Cioccolato – Frozen chocolate, peanut and coconut semi freddo :$21
Jessica: The frozen chocolate was quite nice, I feel like you could taste the chocolate more as you continued to eat it. There was a dark chocolate base under the frozen chocolate which added a nice bitter flavour to the sweetness of the entire dish. The semi freddo was a nice consistency, you could really taste the peanut flavour in it, not so much the coconut though! 6.5/10


Panna Cotta – with rhubarb and strawberry compote :$21
Jimmy: This was the dish that really made my day. Panna Cotta! Let me tell you this vanilla panna cotta was by far the best one I’ve had so far. On it’s own the consistency was silky smooth and soft as a feather. The rhubarb and strawberry compote provided such a lift to the dessert, that I wish I had a second round. I have had a few panna cotta’s at Melbourne and this is the standout. 8/10


Final Thoughts

Jessica: I had booked this restaurant to celebrate Jimmy’s 21st, and honestly this restaurant couldn’t have been more perfect. The service was great, staff were professional and friendly. The music was perfect (for Jimmy’s taste), they played his favourite music which went well with the atmosphere of the restaurant. Be aware that sunlight can come through to the outdoor seatings quite strong, so be aware of the time you are booking if you wish to be seated outdoors. Overall, this restaurant put up service and food that was a lot better than I had anticipated, highly recommend this restaurant!

SERVICE: 7.5/10

Jimmy: I was actually meaning to take Jessica to this restaurant the last time we were at Melbourne but I overlooked it. But since we were here and Jessica booked it on a New Years Eve I was really excited to experience it. Rosetta is a place that when you look through the windows, you see a space inside that makes you feel like you will be dining at a sophisticated European fine dining restaurant. Though we sat outside in the terrace, the design was a little more modern but take nothing away from the beautiful fresh air! The service was friendly but professional from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. Most of the waiters/waitresses spoke Italian so that was something great to hear when you’re dining at an Italian restaurant. Pavarotti was playing in the background, three really enjoyable meals, especially the dessert and the occasion made the day that much more special. Although the food may be a little pricey, it could be a restaurant you consider when trying to decide on a place to dine while you’re walking along the Crown complex.

SERVICE: 7.5/10

Rosetta Ristorante

Opening Hours

Lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12.00pm-3.00pm

Dinner 7 days from 6.00pm


+ 61 3 8648 1999

Crown Complex
Southbank VIC 3006

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