Ernest and Celestine - was hand drawn and was wonderfully sweet and innocent compared to the fast-moving, knowing, in-your-face movies that often assault kids' senses. Dinner was at a pizza and pasta restaurant in Lygon Street called Papa Gino's. It has been there since long before my student days and still draws in the crowds and delivers great pizza.
Il Gamberos burnt down a few years back. (It doesn't seem as cheap now at $11.50 for a small pizza or $9.50 for a margherita. I guess it is better value to buy a big pizza for $20 if everyone can agree on one.)
I have been to Papa Gino's many times with housemates, with work colleagues, with family. I don't think the menu has changed in the 2 decades I have been going there, except that they now have gluten free pizza bases. I love to sit at the front, when ordering a takeaway pizza, and watch the guy making pizza. I included the blurred photo of the portrait on the wall in the photo collage above because I have stared at it many times. (All the photos are from my phone and not the best quality.)
I am not sure I have ever had pasta here but there are a few basic vegetarian options - tomato sauce, creamy mushroom sauce, and garlic and olive oil. The other vegetarian options seem to be a green salad and chips.
Let It Go. Not that anyone noticed. It was so noisy that no one would hear you scream in Papa Gino's!
221 Lygon Street, Carlton
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