Rococo’s Hawthorn location is just as tasty as its St Kilda cousin. Rococo have been serving breakfast through to dinner since 2005 and in that time they’ve built up a reputation as a reliable source of unpretentious, delicious Italian fare.
Lead by owner-head chefs Chris Fulham and Leigh McHarry, Rococo is perfect for long, al fresco lunches or evenings with antipasto and wine. Even when Melbourne’s famously inclement weather rolls in the floor to ceiling windows keep the environment at Rococo on Glenferrie Road light and bright.
Though the breakfast options are lean heavily towards classic café style dishes (which are nonetheless tasty) it’s from lunch that the Italian flavours really kick in. Start with the antipasto. There’s small, medium and large dishes to choose from like bolognese arancini, crumbed polenta and garlic prawns. Or just grab yourself one of Rococo’s panini options.
This is Italian food so the mains are naturally carb-city and gluten-central. Pizzas, pastas, risottos and gnocchi are bountiful, but you can find a few more protein-inclined dishes too. Finish your meal with something sweet like an affogato, cannoli or Nutella panna cotta.
Rock up between 4-6pm Monday to Friday for aperitivo time where pots are $5, pints are $9.50, wine is $7 and cocktails are $12 (including Aperol Spritzes). You can also find Rococo on Acland Street in St Kilda.