Last night before Ignite Wellington we decided to have a quick dinner somewhere we hadn’t been before. Very hard to pass up a chance to go to Capitol and always hard to find somewhere that fits my criteria … deep breath …

  • No curry (any nationality)
  • No Japanese
  • Not a seafood place
  • Bit dubious about Chinese
  • No spicy Cajun, Mexican etc
  • Somewhere that has vegetarian choices or something I’ll eat that’s not chicken
  • Not too loud
  • Don’t want to leave with hair smelling of grill
  • Mid-price

Basically a cafe or Italian restaurant.

We were joined by a colleague who we don’t know very well who thankfully was happy to go along with our decision so that the choice of restaurant didn’t become awkward.

The Mister recalled seeing or reading about an Italian restaurant on Blair or Allen streets and we found it: Fratelli. And it was feast night that night – basically a limited, almost set, menu with a choice of a few mains and pizzas. Loads of the choices were something I’d eat!

I went for the semolina gnocchi with broccoli and red onion – man it was devine! The gnocchi was the most delicate thing ever! And the portion size just right. The others had pork tagliatelle and spinach risotto – reports that both were excellent. We’d let them know we only had an hour and the service wasn’t rushed and we had time for bread and mains. Fitting in dessert might’ve been a push but we didn’t want it anyway.

The restaurant was about half full, not bad for a Tuesday night, and I really like the idea of feast night. We’ll definitely be going back.

Fratelli, 15 Blair Street, Wellington


#1 Lucinda on 08.09.10 at 9:06 pm

I have noted down all your criteria for the upcoming visit. Think we’ll hit Stanley Street every night..,_East_Sydney

#2 OrangeGirl on 08.10.10 at 9:20 am

Ha ha – I’m probably a terrible house guest!

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