Best Breakfast – IL Fornaio

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By Ravenous Renee

Celebrating 20 years in business this year 2015; Il Fornaio must certainly be doing something right. Not just a café, but a highly respected and applauded Italian inspired ‘brunchery and panneteria’ (i.e. brunch spot and bakery); Il Fornaio serves up rustic home-made artisan breads alongside a mean breakfast and lunch duo. Kudos goes to their highly respected and renowned Head Chef, Simon Turner, and their equally talented Head Baker, Alessandro Moscon — whom respectively, know how to whip or knead up a storm.

An irresistible establishment known for their fine selection of delectable sweet and savoury dishes, and all maintaining their own inimitable culinary flavour and personality (and name to follow suit, think: eggs ryan gosling or homer simpson meets peter griffin) and you are spoilt for choice on what to have. But rest assured, whatever you order, Il Fornaio prides itself on sourcing their produce local where ever possible, so you will be met with pure freshness, quality and gratification, every time.

Deciding to go with the ‘from san sebastian to st kilda’ $19 (the ‘health god porridge’$11.50, organic oat porridge – white chia, activated yoghurt, kefir, local strawberries, springtime berries, pistachio, honey and lavender dew and non-homogenised full cream milk (organic almond milk $1.50) also a trustworthy, albeit healthier option) and my appetite and palate were both rewarded swimmingly.

My meal was a lavish mountain of two dense and moist slices of house corn bread, served with a thick and chunky rasher of smokehouse bacon, alongside two fried eggs gracing its presence and a serving of tomato on the side. Then add the pineapple glaze and paprika crunch sprinkled on top. Not a meal for the faint hearted or the savoury palate that’s for sure; eat this dish if you’re feeling ravished, but craving sweet. And be warned, there is more to this dish than initially meets the eye.

The corn bread, served warm and buttery soft, akin to the consistency of grilled polenta and naturally showcasing the real taste of sweetcorn — dressed lightly with the pineapple ‘glaze’ (think: delectable autumn notes of aniseed and cinnamon) is devilishly decadent and gives the bread an almost syrup-cake like taste and texture, which tastes divine. Then fall in love with the real-meaty, smoky flavoured tasty bacon, smacked bang on top, and helping to balance out the sweet notes of this dish, your mouth will be watering. Add all the others bits and bobs, and like me, you’ll be one satisfied customer. As I see it, even if it’s not Il Fornaio’s anniversary, they deserve to be celebrated.

IL Fornaio

2C Acland Street, St Kilda

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri, 7am to 4pm

Sat-Sun, 7:30am to 4pm

Ph: (03) 9534 2922

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