On my first night in Melbourne, I was zonked by the time difference and had had a pretty good walk around the shops and library for my first day out (click here).

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It was 9pm by the time I got peckish and I literally gambled on the closest place to the hotel, Ibis on Swanston.

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Kaprica had a 4.5+ rating on Google Maps, was 200m from the front door of the hotel and was open. It was PACKED!  There was a table outside, but it was pretty windy and a touch cool and I’d wandered out in a tee shirt and shorts. The hostess, who doubled as wine pourer in chief, was as friendly as you like, only 21 or 22 and very much in charge.

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She found me a table inside, the very last one, saying there wouldn’t likely be many more people along.  Not true!  Piles of new couples and foursomes arrived and I felt slightly guilty on my 4-seater!

It is incredibly noisy inside Kaprica because of the tin roof and how all of our tongues loosen and volumes relax when a little good food and wine is taken.

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This pizza was amazing… pancetta, parsley, tomato, fresh ripped mozza and shards of red chilli.  Spicy and salty – soo good!

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A glass of house red helped this go down smoothly, alongside a (no ask) bottle of cold tap water.  All in all, a great find for a late evening and a lovely neighbourhood restaurant. Worth a visit!

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