We arrived at 2pm for a late lunch and it was pretty quiet. The restaurant is spacious but can be dark. They offer a few house wines served by the carafe. Tucked in a corner is a wall with 4 or 5 taps and the wine comes from there. All very Italian and quasi rustic.
I was recommended the arancini balls by a colleague with great food taste so we had to try those. Described on the menu as“Arancini”, Crumbed Silver Beet, Spinach Risotto Ball. They looked quite well done when they arrived but they cracked open easily and inside they were oozy and gooey and cheesy. Perfect!
Steve's ravioli looked like a small portion but it was incredibly rich with a very meaty filling. The meat was chunky and a proper ragu and not the usual blended mush that appears in ravioli or tortellini.
The litre carafe of red wine we ordered helped wash all this down and soon we were down to our final glass. Rather than go for dessert, Steve wanted some cheese so we ordered a serve of “Rocca Reggiano”, known as the king of Reggiano aged for 3 years. It came with celery and some "paper bread"; basically very thin crispy wafer bread like super thin filo pastry. The cheese was rich and flavoursome and great end to the meal accompanied by the red wine.
We really enjoyed Giuseppe Arnaldo. It's a great Winter restaurant where sitting outside is no longer an option. It's produce speaks for itself and when the dishes require cooking they come out tasty.
Service was unobtrusive, not exactly friendly but then not aloof either so it's the food that is the star of the show.