Monday, March 24, 2014

Etrusco At The Savoy, Dunedin

8 Moray Place
Otago 9016

Up on the first floor of the ornate Victorian style Savoy building in central Dunedin, Etrusco seems to be a bit of a local institution.

The interior was as traditional as the exterior, in an almost kitsch way, with stained glass in the windows and chandelier style lighting. It was busy and humming on the Tuesday we visited.

The menu offered plenty of familiar pizza and pasta fayre. We ended up going for the plate of 3 pasta dishes for $45. The penne al verde was tossed in spinach and toasted pinenuts with a dash of cream and fresh parmesan and was the clear winner with the better half. The spaghetti alla marinara combined mussels, and shrimps with tomatoes, garlic and parsley and worked well. We had the puttanesca with penne rather than the standard spaghetti. The black olive, tomato and anchovy sauce was pleasant but didn't have quite the salty punch we'd expected.

The service from our Italian waitress was exuberant and helpful, but our meal did take well over half an hour to arrive and we were definitely ready for it when it arrived. The old school feel including a waiter taking a turn on the piano to provide live accompaniment to our meal made it a memorable experience and Etrusco is certainly worth checking out.

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