There’s no denying Melbourne has a sensational foodie scene – from the world’s best coffees, to world renowned restaurants, lane way hidden gems and food truck sensations.

So when sitting down with the very very talented head chef of Tutto Bene; Nathan Scarfo – you know you’re about to hear about Melbourne’s very best.

What is your go to recipe?

Gnocchi Napoli

Best food-industry discovery in the last 2 years?

Blow torching

Signature dish at Tutto Bene?

Risotto Caprese

Best part of your job?

The freedom to be able to do what I love and be paid for it.

What advice do you have for young chefs?

Reads books, write everything down and read over it twice, never stop learning.

Do your best daily and always keep your eyes open.

What’s your Melbourne in 3 words?

Fashion, Food, Cocktails

First date at Tuto Benne – What will impress the girl?

Entrée: Uovo affumicato – Rosemary smoked eggs, tuna bottarga, Flinders Island meadow honey

Main: Risotto Caprese – San Marzano sugo, buffalo mozzarella, basil

Dessert: Mousee al pistacchino – Sicilian pistachio mousse with salted caramel popcorn and viola

Best Coffee?

Patricia Coffee Brewers, Melbourne CBD

Friday night out

Gin Palace, Melbourne CBD

Brunch hot spot

Journeyman, Windsor – Best poached eggs with salmon ever!

Secret hot spot no one knows about…yet

Jungle Boy, Windsor – Hidden behind a secret door, everything from the cocktail list to the dim lighting makes this one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets.

Favourite place to escape

Petit Tracteur, Mornington Peninsula – such a great place to escape all the city hustle and bustle. We are very lucky to have some amazing escapes in our very own backyard.

There’s no denying Nathan’s passion for great food and the amazing city he calls home, and I think its safe to say think we’ll all be making reservations for that amazing dessert alone!

Photo Credit: Tutto Benne