22 Jun Pure Italian, Balwyn
The restaurant had a warm and friendly vibe and was a busy place to be for Sunday lunch; it was still almost full when we left at around 3pm. Thankfully it has a deceptively small shopfront; Pure Italian also has a downstairs area next to the kitchen. It doubles as a small store, offering a selection of cakes, small goods, antipasto and other various Italian food products for sale. Menus are written up on the board and today it included a selection of two entrees, about 10 mains (mostly around $18-19 each), a few sides, filled rolls and of course, dessert.
So many of the options sounded tempting, but in the end I settled for the polenta with seafood livornese ($24). Full-flavoured and tasty, the sauce soaked up nicely into the polenta, which was a great accompaniment to the large variety of seafood on the plate – there were mussels, calamari, prawns, scallops and baby octopus. The sauce was a tad salty, though it wasn’t too bad as long as I didn’t put too much into each mouthful.