In the heart of Little Italy, Trotters has honed a bohemian take on the Italian osteria. Simple wooden tables and chairs? Check. Big old espresso machine? Check. Vintage packing crates on the walls, menus sleeved in album covers (we got lucky with Shirley Bassey), and hanging mobiles made of fishing tackle? It could only be Trotters.
Its excellent position between the cinema and bookshop, and generous opening hours, endear it to locals as a pop-in for breakfast, dinner or a midnight tipple. The food is simple and faithfully prepared, from Italian staples (parma and pasta) to pub grub (burgers and fries). Servings are substantial and prices reasonable.
The atmosphere is usually humming and, as bookings aren’t taken, it’s recommended you avoid the peak times (pre- and postfilm screenings in particular). The bebop soundtrack, friendly waiters and warm lighting make this one of the more convivial and satisfying dining experiences on Lygon Street.
400 Lygon Street, Carlton
(03) 9347 5657