iL Cantuccio Restaurant

Pasta dishes and Italian mains in a room with exposed brickwork and hanging straw-covered bottles.

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iL Cantuccio Restaurant - Italian restaurant in Melbourne, Australia

$$ Traditional Italian food & warm decor

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209 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia


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4.60 (461 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 6 to 10PM
  • Thursday: 6 to 10PM
  • Friday: 6 to 10:30PM
  • Saturday: 6 to 10:30PM
  • Sunday: 6 to 10PM
  • Monday: Closed


  • 5Lee G. 1 year ago
    Lovely food Great atmosphere

  • 5Mary Y. 2 years ago
    Food was very delicious. Service was excellent and the staff was very attentive. Will definitely be back.

  • 5Glenn F. 1 year ago
    Always a great night, the food is fantastic and this place has ambience.Having been going for years and hosts Lori & Mario always deliver the goods.

  • 5Carmel T. 1 year ago
    First time we came here in 2017 this place was beyond amazing. Traditional hand cooked pasta and sauce. Like how Nonna makes it. Visited again last night and it’s still the best and the quality and taste was still better than ever. Sorry Nonna. You can taste the freshness and quality used from only fresh good quality ingredients. Old interior and exterior makes this place feel like little Italy. Service and management so friendly and efficient. Highly recommend this place.

  • 5Jacob G. 1 year ago
    Absolute great food and service and great location. Would come back here again

  • 5Assaf D. 1 year ago
    Amazing food, friendly staff ! My partner and I go there often. This is one of the best italian restaurants in Melbourne.

  • 5Mark W. 1 year ago
    Come with an empty stomach as these guys will fill you and more.

  • 5Len L. 1 year ago
    We are back in Melbourne for the 5 th straight year to watch the Australian open tennis 5 years ago my wife and I discovered this amazing restaurant It turns out that this is my favorite restaurant of anywhere in the world. Last night I started out with garlic bread and then onto chicken Marsala with potatoes and then finished with profiteroles. Of course we were met with hugs by the owners Mario and lorie. In conclusion if you are in Melbourne and want to enjoy a great meal Il contuccio must be your choice.

  • 5Jag B. 1 year ago
    What a wonderful experience! The owner was delightful in serving us. We are three vegetarians and in many places people kick up a fuss about altering the menu but the the owner/ waitress was very obliging and all three of us loved what we ordered. The pasta serves were generous and the food was delicious!!! Simple, Italian soul food. Nothing hoity toity. It's so good to get a delicious wholesome Italian pasta in Melbourne. This is probably my favourite place on Lygon at Carlton.

  • 5Mitch S. 1 year ago
    Really good atmosphere and risotto ?

  • 5Nath M. 1 year ago
    Food was authentic and absolutely fantastic, service was second to none and super family friendly. Highly recommend!

  • 5Ashlea B. 1 year ago
    My partner and I came here a couple nights ago and was in love with the beautiful ambience this restaurant gives off. The staff were lovely and friendly, and the food was absolutely delicious. We ordered brucetta and herb & garlic bread for entree which was beautiful. And I ordered fettuccine bolognese while my partner ordered the marinara. With great pricing and tasty food we will definitely visit again.

  • 5Jess B. 1 year ago
    Delicious dinner and the friendliest of service. Quite good fun watching people come up and walk away after seeing the 'no pizza' sign ? the veal was seriously good.

  • 5Mathew B. 1 year ago
    One of the most authentic Italian restaurants i've been to in Melbourne, the asthetic really hit me, reminding of a typical Italian Trattoria. I went for a Pasta alla Boscaiola for mains, a traditional tortellini pasta dish consisting of pork/bacon, mushrooms and cream. Delicious! Only wish the Antipasto had more meats and a broader variety of cheese. I recomend having a good combination of wine to your meal, let your taste buds reach nirvana. The staff is professional and some of the best folks I've met. Authentic traditional Italian cuisine and the pleasures derived from consuming it is found here.

  • 5Ttatb I. 1 year ago
    (Translated by Google) I like it very much! Service attitude is very good! Recommended ink seafood pasta! Especially delicious! I don't like to eat noodles! But I really like this pasta! (Original) 很喜欢很好吃!服务态度非常的好!推荐墨汁海鲜意面!特别好吃!我不喜欢吃面的!但我非常喜欢这个意面!

  • 5Magdy N. 1 year ago
    Really one of the best Italian places. Authentic Italian dishes, portions were really decent with amazing tasting at a very reasonable price. The family running this restaurant are really friendly and nice. We loved everything about this restaurant! Definitely will come back again so many times!

  • 5Leon F. 1 year ago
    Wonderful food

  • 5J. 1 year ago
    Fantastic and generous servings. Great traditional Italian atmosphere and cuisine. Made us feel like we were in Italy again and also lovely staff!

  • 5Mark Joseph F. 1 year ago
    Friends and family members will have good time

  • 5brenton s. 1 year ago
    Food was brilliant. Mario provided an evening of entertaining banter

  • 5Louise F. 1 year ago
    Very good Italian restaurant!

  • 5Peter L. 10 months ago
    Probably my favourite resturant in Melbourne..Great service, amazing food and a wonderful rustic atmosphere. Would give 6 stars if I could! So glad lockdown is over so we can get the best gnocchi fix in town again !!!!!

  • 5Mark D. 1 year ago
    Dear Mario & Lory Thank You For Giving me the Privilege of Dinning in your Restaurant Tonight. It was an Absolute Pleasure. Not only was the Food Amazing But the Service was Extraordinary. The Old Fashion Service I Experienced in Your Restaurant Tonight Seems to be a thing of the Past, Not only in Australia but around the World. Some Business Owners spend Big Money on Decor to Attract Customers But Forget About The Quality of Service. You Have Forgotten Neither, Your Decor is Warm & Inviting. A Lesson Can be Learned From Your Family Business to Many Restaurant Owners, Customers Will Always come Back if they Are Made Feel Welcome. I Can Also see your Staff are Happy to Work for you as That Reflects on Their Attitude Towards Service. I Wish Your Family & Staff All The Success In The Future, Keep Up the Amazing Work.

  • 5Simon C. 10 months ago
    The food was bloody beautiful first time I've been there and will be coming back. Only problem l was having dinner with two collingwood supporters.

  • 5Sandra A. 1 year ago
    So tasty, the ingredients fresh, the plates Italians traditional, the staff so lovely, I am a loyal customer here

  • 5William B. 1 year ago
    Awesome food! I had the bruschetta and the gnocchi - both of which were plentiful, looked great, and tasted awesome. Service was fast and friendly. I will definitely be back when I'm next in Melbourne!

  • 5Nolwazi M. 2 years ago
    First time trying Italian but the person who served us was amazing and friendly, originally my sister and I wanted to get our Garlic Prawns take away but there was a delay in getting the box but we instead ate out in the food court. Garlic Prawns looked amazing as they tasted, if I ever came back to Melbourne would totally recommend this restaurant to a friend.

  • 5Ashley C. 1 year ago
    Taste and presentation was well done, Highly recommend a pasta dish with other entree selections.

  • 5Nicole B. 1 year ago
    This place had literally the BEST food I have ever tasted in my life. I had a chicken dish and oh my I have never tasted anything so great. The staff were amazing and accomodated my vegan friend aswell. Such a great atmosphere, it felt like we had left Australia and headed overseas! A must do!

  • 5Deswaqr K. 8 months ago
    Will definitely be visiting again. The service was wonderful, creating a lovely atmosphere. The staff were very accommodating. They have gluten-free options here and can even do bruschetta on gluten-free bread. It was delicious! Much better than you expect of something gluten-free.

  • 5Sean C. 1 year ago
    Best pasta around

  • 5Jacob W. 1 year ago
    Great food

  • 5Jim R. 1 year ago
    Great authentic Italian. Wonderful staff. The chef's specials are outstanding.

  • 5m. 1 year ago
    One of the few Italian restaurants I'll eat at in Melbourne, great food, atmosphere but most importantly people, so genuine and friendly they don't need to spruik. Highly recommended

  • 5Sye W. 1 year ago
    Authentic and old school hospitality. Loved it.

  • 5Phil T. 1 year ago
    We love this place and always come here at least once whenever we visit Melbourne.

  • 5Tony S. 1 year ago
    Great service and beautiful food

  • 4Steve B. 1 year ago
    A lovely restaurant with authentic food. Just be aware no pizzas. Great staff and service too.

  • 4Claus H. 1 year ago
    Great atmosphere and place for original Italian fare. Have been there multiple times for company dinners and it is sufficiently quiet for everyone in a 8 people group to hear what is being said.

  • 4Glen C. 10 months ago
    Was the only place we could book and was expecting a Lygon St 'tourist' restaurant but was pleasantly surprised.

  • 4Roberto F. 9 months ago

  • 3Andrew L. 1 year ago
    Friendly staff and good service. Food ok

  • 2Vaibhav B. 1 year ago
    The food was ok. One staff member came across as being a bit rude. I would not be going back again.

  • 2Wendy C. 1 year ago
    We had the carbonara, cannelloni and calamari. The dishes tasted okay but cheap quality ingredients did not match the price tag. I love parmesan on my pasta but it was so dry it was like eating sand. The only saving grace was the calamari but it is unfortunately not enough for me to come back.

Last updated: 2020-08-25