Dinner at Don Camillo – Hobart, Tasmania

Back in the days before I had a blog I wrote quite a few reviews on Trip Advisor. Hotels, restaurants, attractions…they were all fair game.

After recently dining out at Don Camillo I thought I’d dig out the review I recalled writing back in 2012, to see what my opinions were and how they compared.

If you’re interested, you can find the original TA review here.

While we tried some completely different dishes on this most recent visit, the experience was surprisingly similar.

“Enjoyable, yet unremarkable” 

Traditional Italian food cooked well, together with some interesting red wine options from the homeland, presented in a friendly and inviting environment. We were made to feel like Camillo family members for the evening. It was good to see that the service had improved, and the desserts, while still middle-of-the-road, as with the main courses were prepared with much love.

While the Pan Dolce was very good, my dish of the evening was the Spaghettini con Polpette, consisting of hand made meatballs with beef and pork, ricotta, pine nuts and herbs baked in Napolitana sauce ($24).

Spaghettini con Polpette - Hand made traditional meatballs with beef and pork, ricotta, pine nuts and herbs baked in Napolitana sauce

Spaghettini con Polpette – Hand made traditional meatballs with beef and pork, ricotta, pine nuts and herbs baked in Napolitana sauce

While it would have been interesting regardless, it’s a dish very similar to one Karen has prepared in the past and to much acclaim from this Clown!

How did they compare?

Obviously I have a vested interest, but I honestly thought that while the texture of Don Camillo’s meatballs was better, Karen’s version introduced extra layers of flavour to the dish that weren’t there in the Don Camillo version, including veal, pancetta and anchovies. If you’re interested you can find the recipe from Gourmet Traveller here.

Marinated Olives - Sicilian green olives, semi-dried tomatoes, pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil, house made vincotto syrup and ciabatta ($9.50)

Marinated Olives – Sicilian green olives, semi-dried tomatoes, pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil, house made vincotto syrup and ciabatta ($9.50)

Risotto ai Frutti di Mare - Risotto of prawns, mussels, calamari and fish with tomato sugo, fresh chilli, garlic and saffron wine

Risotto ai Frutti di Mare – Risotto of prawns, mussels, calamari and fish with tomato sugo, fresh chilli, garlic and saffron wine ($26)

Cassata

Cassata

Pan Dolce - Individual sticky fig and chocolate bread & butter pudding with hot butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream ($11)

Pan Dolce – Sticky fig and chocolate bread & butter pudding with hot butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream ($11)

Overall?

This is one of those times where personal preferences and expectations for what constitutes a great restaurant will have a strong bearing on the final opinion. If home-style ‘traditional’ is your thing, then I’ve no doubt you’ll love Don Camillo. On the other hand, if you’re looking for the occasional innovative ‘twist’ then perhaps Maldinis would be a better option in Hobart.

For more information, drop by Don Camillo’s simple, yet elegant, website here.

Or you could visit their Facebook page here.

Flavours – 7/10
Menu – 8/10
Ambience – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Value – 7/10

Overall – 7.5/10

Online presence – 7/10

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