We appreciate puns more than most that’s why when Va Penne’s clever reinterpretation of the Italian colloquialism Va Bene (alright/all good) came across our eyes we just couldn’t resist exploring what other homages to the boot-shaped country might be happening.
Based on High Street Northcote, Va Penne is a new local osteria-styled diner with a laid back and casual approach to classic Italian dining. Its memorable feature, a neon-lit hand with its fingers pursing together reminiscent of Antonio Margheriti from Inglorious Basterds or what you’re likely to receive pushing in line at Mediterranean Wholesalers, the gesture shines brightly through the glass shop front, illuminating the entrance.
Run by the owners of Joe’s Shoe Store, another High Street favourite, Va Penne is focused on providing an all-around good time. A simple yet classical menu that brings together some of the most favoured Italian dishes through anti-pasti and secondi plates. Starting off with burrata and salsa verde, then lead into pasta dishes like linguine guanciale, cured pork jowl, peas, egg yolk & pangrattato and pizza options the fiery ‘Calabrese’ salami, tomato, mozzarella, chilli & stracciatella.
The drinks menu is a little more extensive with an impressive range of local and imported wines with regional Italian varieties such as Nebbiolo and D’Avola, and Appreitivi and Digestivi options with a select offering of Vermouth and Amaretto. Dessert falls in line with the entire ethos of Va Penne keeping it traditional, Tiramisu or chocolate and hazelnut Semifreddo (Think Italian ice-cream cake). A big ‘bunomissimo’ all round on this one
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