I suffer from serious FOMO (fear of missing out), so when illness stopped me from all my pre-planned dinners/lunches/weekends away, I promised myself that I would postpone them all rather than missing out altogether. One of these planned outings was to go to Provini, the newly opened Italian restaurant run by the Cocu group in Civic (where La Scala used to be). I excitedly made my booking and not long after received a sms prompt about my reservation. A few hours after that, I received another sms to confirm my booking with a ‘YES’ reply, apparently I was not the only one over excited about my postponed dinner.
Not your typical front of a restaurant in the middle of the city, it definitely feels like you’re stepping into someone’s house.Pizza~The top pizza is the Provini ham, soppressa, peppers, chilli ($24.00) and bottom is Margherita tomato, basil, fior di latte ($21.00). When none of the entrees or antipasto options really excited us, we all naturally gravitated towards the pizza and shared that between us for starters instead. I really really enjoyed the pizza bases here and their fresh toppings really put it to the next level. I probably preferred the Provini over the margherita because it had more exciting flavours and I found the basil to be rather sparse.Pasta~
Spaghetti carbonara guanciale, pecorino, yolk ($24.00). The pasta looked underwhelming being dry with not many ingredients. My friend didn’t really enjoy it.Tagliatelle al nero di seppia squid ink tagliatelle, prawns, pippies, chilli, tomato ($29.00). My other friend had the same problem as the cabonara, when it arrived it was very aromatic but it felt really dry and underwhelming without a ‘sauce’. It also seemed like a very small serving of pasta for the price.
Fazzoletti al ragu pork, veal, white wine ragu ($26.00). The first thing I noticed was the fresh pasta cooked perfectly; I rather enjoyed the fazzoletti cut of pasta (pasta handkerchiefs). Unfortunately I found the wet sloppy consistency of the ragu reminded me of canned tuna but this was definitely my favourite choice between the pastas.Secondi~
600g dry age rib eye with roasted tomato and choice of two sides (designed to share $66.00). We chose wood roasted vegetables with rosemary salt and baked roman gnocchi for our sides to share.We found the rib eye to be okay, a little underseasoned which was easy to taste because there was no jus or sauce to hide behind. The vegetables with a nice choice for a side but I preferred the gnocchi because it was more cheesy and decadent. I personally and selfishly could finish this on my own but I guess it is nice to share the price tag.
Wood roasted vegetables with rosemary salt.
Baked Roman gnocchi.I was super excited about trying Provini because I love Italian food but I found the service to be inconsistent (some were friendly and some seemed arrogant) and the food overall to be disappointing that we didn’t want to stay for dessert; we were actually considering a second dinner somewhere else because we found the serving size a bit small. The pizzas/starters came out pretty fast but there was a long wait before our pastas and mains came out. If I was to come back again, I would maybe try some antipasto and stick with the pizzas.
Address: 50 Bunda Street, Canberra ACT
7 thoughts on “Provini”
Wow… those pastas look underwhelming indeed! I think the black plates don’t help either, particularly for the squid ink one. At least the pizzas were good!
Yeah I was wondering why they didn’t serve it on a light coloured plate to show off the squid ink but maybe it’s just one of the things they’ll figure out after a few weeks running.
I’d love to see what other people think about serving sizes vs price or if I’m just a piggy
I went to Provini last night and was sooooo disappointed. I had the Carbonara which was completely underwhelming. It was a stingy serving and the pieces of panceta in it could be counted on one hand.
My girlfriend had the mushroom lasagne and i think calling it a “lasagna” was false advertising. It was more like a bland and dry mushroom stack.
My other friend had the pork which was described as “pork belly with grilled vegetables and crackling”. We were a little shocked when the waiter asked if she would like to order a side of vegetables. When she said that the menu description states it comes with vegetables, he informed her it was more of a “garnish”. For $35, i would expect more than a sliver of pork with sparse vegetables.
All in all, incredibly disappointing. For better food that costs less, I’ll be heading across the road to Jamie’s Italian in the future.
I’m really not in a hurry to try this place – haven’t heard many good reviews. I’m also not massive on Italian, which doesn’t help when mustering excitement about yet another Italian restaurant in Canberra.
Oh good. It’s not just me!
What’s your ‘go to’ cuisine? I love Italian
I’m a sucker for anything South East Asian – thai, Vietnamese, something fresh and spicy! Also LOVE middle eastern food.
Oooh yes I love those flavours too. I was excited to find a Lebanese restaurant in Canberra!