I love Italian food. I have a newly discovered passion for seafood. Combine the two and I am one happy camper!
We were chatting with our B&B hosts in Launceston (from the lovely Kurrajong House) and of course I asked for recommendations for dinner. Novaro’s was the first place Julie mentioned and she kindly offered to make a booking for us.
We arrived at 6.30pm (we’re early eaters) and by 7 the restaurant was turning people away. I should add, it is quite cute and tiny, and it was a Wednesday night. The hostess knows Julie and provides lovely service, although it does drop off a bit after a large group arrives.
It’s our honeymoon, so of course we are trying not to be too concerned about money. The abalone is a novelty – neither J or I have ever tried it. It’s served as an entree, thinly sliced with mushrooms and butter on linguine. It adds a certain saltiness and texture to the dish, and the whole dish is tasty, but I must confess I don’t really see what all the hype is about. I would have been equally as happy with just mushrooms!
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Our mains are fantastic – I have the prawn linguine and J has the seafood linguine. The sauces are slightly different – one more chilli based, one more garlic I think but both are buttery and rich. The seafood is fresh off the boat and generously portioned.
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I feel we had dessert, but my memory is failing me and I can’t find any photographic evidence. I do remember some kind of complementary liqueur with the bill, which was a nice touch!
Novaro’s is a bit of a Launceston institution, and it’s easy to see why. They aren’t reinventing the wheel when it comes to Italian food, but they are doing traditional food well.
Novaro’s Italian Restaurant
28 Brisbane St
Ph: 03 6334 5589