Casa Farro

Open early for tea, pizza for the kidlets, modern Italian dishes and vino for the parentals, highchairs, change table, space for prams

Casa Farro offers a cosy and rustic setting with a casual, relaxed and informal vibe. It is a great option for a family dinner when you need a night off from cooking… pizza for the kids, and modern Italian fare plus a vino or two for you. Everyone wins.

The restaurant opens at the very family friendly time of 5.30pm for din-dins, is quite spacious so there is ample room for prams, offers highchairs for the little tackers to sit in, plastic cups for them to sip from, and even a change table, so little ones and bubbas are definitely well catered for.

There is no specific kids menu, but what kid doesn’t like pizza? And delicious, piping hot, wood-fired pizza at that. They can even watch it being made before their eyes by the friendly pizza chefs and then whacked into the big oven. Watching over the pizza makers, atop the glass counter, is a well-loved little Troll-doll (I used to love these things when I was younger, but god they’re ugly!), which was a hit with our little one and provided a bit of amusement while we watched her pizza being made.

For the less adventurous palates there is good old Margherita, Capricciosa and Ananas, an upmarket version of Hawaiian with mozzarella, Virginian ham, spring onion, toasted pinenuts and pineapple. Then there are some more grown-up options including my favourite, the Zucca, which is whipped ricotta, roasted pumpkin, walnut basil pesto and rocket, and Pappa’s favourite, the Prosciutto, with goats cheese, marinated tomatoes, roasted red onion and rocket pesto.

While the kids might be happy tucking into their pizza (or even a pre-dinner snack of Polenta and Pecorino chips as our little one was), you might feel like something a little more grown-up. The modern Italian menu also includes melt-in-your-mouth house made gnocchi, risotto, arancini, oysters, zucchini flowers, seafood and steak.
Make sure you leave room for dessert as there’s house made gelato, dessert pizza and calzones, puddings and to-die-for Italian doughnuts.

The vibe is relaxed and cosy, and the mismatched wooden chairs, retro 50’s tables, bench seats, patchwork curtains, and collection of rolling pins, vintage plates and copper pots hanging on the walls add to the overall vibe. It is a fun place for families, with lots for the little ones to look at.
Not only is Casa Farro a great place for an early family tea, but it is also a good option for dinner catch-ups with other families too or for a big Sunday lunch Italian style with the extended family. There is a back room, the “mirror room”, which can be booked for group get-togethers.

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161 Nicholson Street Carlton 3053 VIC AU
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