I have been to Melbourne Central plenty of times but had never noticed the Spiga Bar before. Most often, I would take the Metro to Central, alight and roam around the shops and explore the eateries inside and return home back by the Metro which made me largely unaware of the few restaurants that dotted the alleyways surrounding the Central. But during one visit, I stepped outside for some vague reason and the Spiga caught my eye.
What struck me first was the quaintness of the location. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Spiga is truly a place you can escape into for a quiet drink or rest those tired shopping legs. We were doing the latter!
There is both an inside dining area and an al fresco space; we chose the inside because of the weather but I would have loved to sit outside and watch the shoppers go by.
The interiors were done tastefully with a lot of artistic touches. It’s a small space but the design gives you a feeling of space and light which makes the place feel very welcoming. I later got to know that the place was designed by Chris Connell, a renowned restaurant designer.
Spiga is an Italian joint with a good wine and beverages list. I would have loved to sample the wines at another time but at that point, I wanted something refreshing and went for the fresh tomato juice. And my hubby got a James Boag’s lager. I was very happy that I got the tomato juice; the balance was perfect and would totally recommend it especially on a warm day or if you are just looking for something hydrating.
The pizza menu looked quite interesting and for mains, we got a Pizza Mexicana with hot salami, olives, onions, capsicum, in house Napoli sauce and loads of mozzarella. The pizza was really good, loved the thin crust and the toppings were fresh and done to perfection.
The second mains we got was the lamb salad with couscous, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and peas. It was fresh and the lamb was really good but I would have preferred more seasoning.
Overall, a good experience! The staff were friendly and service was quick. I am not sure if I will go to Spiga just for the food again but if I am in the vicinity, I will definitely drop in for a bite. It’s so much better than eating at the Central’s food courts.
Rating – 7/10
2 Menzies Alley, Melbourne CBD
Enter via 360 Elizabeth Street
Tel. 8676 7515
Monday to Friday : 7am to late
Saturday; 10am to late
Sunday: 9am to 5pm
Disclaimer – Not a sponsored post; all the food and drinks were paid for by me.