The Kindness of L’Unico

L’Unico in Canberra served up respectable Italian food in its big dim
room, surprisingly well-populated for a suburban Sunday night. Service
was almost too insistent, but would not one rather have hovering
waiters than be neglected? At any rate, my garlicky prawns followed by
sausages and polenta were lusty and gutsy and Deb’s tuna and olive
‘tartares’ nicely composed, although her such promising crab and bug
lasagna was too swamped in a thick rose (rosay!) sauce. The Santa
Cristina sangiovese we shared was excellent but the clincher was once
we had paid and left in pursuit of a taxi, only to return to the
restaurant 15 frustrated minutes later, was the swift way we were
shown back to our original table then plied with not one but two
complimentary glasses each of dessert wine while we waited for the
taxi summonsed by them. Over and above the call of service and leaving
us with a very warm regard for L’Unico! (Which, incidentally, has an
impressive wood-fired oven turning out pizzas and maybe that’s worth
trying next Canberra visit!)

About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!
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