90 Secondi, Melbourne, Australia

Docklands in Melbourne has been slighed as a bit of a wasteland in the past. It’s certainly not as attractive food and beer wise as the main CBD on the eastern side of the railway lines. But one shining light is an Italian restaurant called 90 Secondi.

Set into the ground floor of the NAB 700 Bourke Street building is a modern, 2 story restaurant serving good quality Italian food.

I’ve eaten here around a dozen times when I worked in Docklands and never had a disappointing meal.

Favorite dishes over the years were the Paccheri Al Ragu (Paccheri with chunky ragu of beef, pork, red wine), Tagliatelle Carbonara (Italian style bacon, pecorino, parmigiano, finished with an egg sauce) and the Maialina pizza (Hot salami, pork sausage, ham, fior di latte cheese, and San Marzano tomato).

It can get quite busy at lunchtime given the corporate neighbours, so it’s certainly worth phoning to make a booking.