This first time I ventured into Brunetti, on the Carlton part of Lygon Street, I was totally blown away. Cabinets and cabinets of delightful treats with such range and options. Lots of Italian items and lots of non-Italian items. Right by the entrances are two rows of cake cabinets which are plentiful and well presented. Despite the crowds that can occur, the ticketing system is pretty clever in preventing fisticuffs at the counter and I’ve never had issues locating a table either.
I’ve been more than a few times and sampled a decent chunk of everything. Some of the less popular items aren’t as always fresh but everything there is usually decent. Nothing amazing. The ice-cream cookie was too sweet. The one time I got a celebration cake it was good but needed a ton of time settling to room temperature. The cannoli was one of my standout items. Actually anything that had cream was good.
And I do like that you can get mini-versions of things.
I typically take everyone I know visiting Melbourne to Brunetti as there really isn’t much else that stacks up in creating an impression.
Pro tip: go group so you sample a few things from here and there