Refined dining room offering up a range of inventive Italian dishes that change each week.

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Cucinetta - Italian restaurant in Melbourne, Australia

$$ Weekly-changing menus of Italian fare

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4/3 Murphy St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia


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4.60 (249 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Tuesday: 12 to 3PM, 5 to 9:30PM
  • Wednesday: 12 to 3PM, 5 to 9:30PM
  • Thursday: 12 to 3PM, 5 to 9:30PM
  • Friday: 12 to 3PM, 5 to 10PM
  • Saturday: 12 to 10PM
  • Sunday: 12 to 9:30PM
  • Monday: 12 to 3PM, 5 to 9:30PM


  • 5Miles W. 1 year ago
    Excellent food and always a great experience.

  • 5Grant B. 1 year ago
    Exquisite Italian cuisine, along with first class service. Will definitely check this little gem out again in the near future.

  • 5dinesh k. 1 year ago
    Super yummy healthy food and service in the melbourne ?

  • 5Ryan H. 1 year ago
    Beautiful cosy spot up in the corner in a pretty street Had a lovely lunch, fresh ingredients , food was perfect, promtly looked after. Highly recommend if your in the area, great staff.

  • 5Jacob B. 1 year ago
    Great place and amazing food!

  • 5Alberto M. 1 year ago
    Very recommended place. We stayed here and we enjoyed the lunch. Pizza delicious. Will come back

  • 5Chris T. 1 year ago
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The restaurant is tiny and the space is a little cramped but yet it retains an intimate atmosphere - they have somehow arranged the tables so that you don't feel imposing or imposed on by the adjacent diners. The service is personal, friendly and lively. The food is delicious with authentic Italian flavours but using fresh, local ingredients. We had Wagyu brasaola and fritto misto for entree, and mushroom risotto and pappardelle with ragu sauce for mains. All were excellent. The pannacotta and cheesecake for dessert finished things off nicely. Prices are a little high for everyday dining, but for a special occasion I'd highly recommend it.

  • 5Noam O. 1 year ago
    Always a pleasure

  • 5Manoj D. 1 year ago
    Great little place to dine in. Authentic Italian cuisine in South Yarra. I had the pappardelle with ragu and my wife had the infamous cacio de peppe. It was divine. It's slightly on the pricey side but nevertheless absolutely worth it. It's a fantastic place to have a cute date.

  • 5Jason Z. 1 year ago
    Nice place to have dinner~ Staff are friendly and very nice. Food is delicious. It cost us $120 for 2. A bit cosy though, as said 23 square maters with 8 tables.

  • 5Nolan M. 1 year ago
    Absolutely fantastic! Service is charming and playful, yet very attentive and professional at the same time. Food was all unreal - had fried seafood, two pastas, one salad, and one dessert. My recommended wine to pair with my pasta couldn’t have been more perfect. Thanks guys! We can’t wait to go back!

  • 5Shaun E. 2 years ago
    Great pasta & service. Very accommodating and entertaining for the kids. The wait staff puts the extra effort to make everyone’s dining experience personal.

  • 5Sonia G. 1 year ago
    I've been wanting to come here for ages, but it's tiny and deservedly popular. The staff were delightful and smoothly manoeuvred around the tiny restaurant with practiced ease. The food was flavour packed, easily the best Italian pasta in Melbourne!!! We enjoyed Wagu Bresaola, Miso Frito, the Cacio E Pepe and the handmade Tagliatelle with Ragu. We asked for a recommendation on wine, enjoying a stunning bottle of white that we had never heard of before. OMG the Tiramisu. I want that recipe!!! It's light, beautiful coffee flavour with hints of chocolate!! We will be back to try more!!!! PS Rumour has it expansion into the old Cosi location on Toorak Rd is opening soon........ yay....

  • 5James T. 1 year ago
    Have been here twice now. Very intimate setting with amazing food! Will not disappoint

  • 5Sam P. 1 year ago
    Small but lovely

  • 5Jamie D. 1 year ago
    We visited Cucientta recently and it was absolutely brilliant. We booked in the day, and would recommend booking as the restaurant has limited covers, but the food was exceptional and our service from Enrico really made the occasion. He offered us brilliant advice about what to do in our time in Melbourne alongside his detailed knowledge of the food and drink available. Will defiantly visit again if we are lucky enough to be in the area in the future.

  • 5M. B. 1 year ago
    Very good service and very good food!!

  • 5Alessandro A. 1 year ago
    Such a fantastic place to go to. Great atmosphere, great Authentic Italian food and a nice. Thank you!

  • 5Sam H. 1 year ago
    This divine little piece of Italy in South Yarra is well worth a visit. The food we could not fault, the wine recommendation delicious, and the service second to none. Thank you Enrico! It is one of our favourite local eateries - perfect for a date night or an intimate lunch on the weekend.

  • 5David A. 1 year ago
    Had dinner at Cucinetta last night. We've been wanting to try this place out since we stumbled across it last year, but have only just managed to line-up our diary and their availability. The first thing that struck me was that we could have been in any tiny restaurant anywhere in Italy. The guys have recreated the feel of an Italian eatery in every aspect from decor to music to menu and the sound of Italian being spoken across the restaurant. The second thing that struck me was how tiny the restaurant is. For me that added to the experience. I'm happy to be jammed in with everyone else with a communal vibe. The whole restaurant is 29 square meters (including what has to be the world's smallest kitchen. How the chef produces that food from that tiny kitchen is beyond me. We started with the Calamari and Oysters. Both were delicious. The Calamari was a very generous serving for an entree size. We washed entree down with a very delicious glass of rose and an Italian beer I hadn't tried before. For mains we had to try their signature 'cheese wheel' cacio e pepe - home made spaghetti, hot from the boiling water, swirled in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino to absorb the cheese into the pasta, mixed with black pepper and truffle oil. We also ordered lamb cutlets. The lamb was delicious, beautifully cooked and another large serve. The pasta was absolutely sublime. We were so full we probably could have stopped eating before finishing the cacio e pepe, but that would have been criminal. Service was at it's best - professional, warm and with a good dose of Italian spirit. I'd have given these guys six out of five stars if I could've. Enjoy!

  • 5Cate H. 1 year ago
    Had a delightful meal here. Restaurant is very small but the food, drink and service were all excellent . It was a great experience but best of all the food was very yummy.

  • 5Rhys E. 10 months ago
    First date was at Cucinetta. Second date was our 1 year anniversary at Cucinetta. Cacio e pepe, what else needs to be said :)

  • 5Luis O. 2 years ago
    It is a jewel no so hidden in South Yarra. They don't sell food, they sell a superb experience that involves food, wine, service and, of course, Italian. Small and cozy, with a new menu every week starting on Wednesday's makes this corner a real little Italy. The wine selection is good and they way the staff guides you on your selection is really enjoyable. Recommended? Completely!!! Go for a romantic dinner with your partner or just to have a good time with good friends....this place is perfect!

  • 5andreea S. 1 year ago
    Oh man the pasta was phenomenal. I took my Mum for a lunch date for her birthday and we weren't disappointed. Such a treat. The staff are amazing and make the experience even better. Will absolutely return!

  • 5Dan K. 1 year ago
    Such a great neighborhood gem. Perfect for a date or intimate group. Amazing food and excellent wines. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it when you’re feeling flush.

  • 5James W. 1 year ago
    Authentic Italian in a beautiful setting. Fabulous chef in the kitchen and lovely waitresses serving the most delicious dishes with a fabulous Pinot Grigio

  • 5Cyrus A. 2 years ago
    Beautiful tiny restaurant. Photo is an example of how well they treat customers with the offer to half-half a meal in the kitchen so we didn’t have to swap plates to share a meal. You feel like you’re transported to a little kitchen in Italy, it is amazing!

  • 5Sophie L. 1 year ago
    Authentic & tasty Italian food in a cozy atmosphere. Service was outstanding - professional yet relaxed. Whilst you only get a 2 hour seating period, the service is very efficient so this was no problem. Wait staff, especially the male one (Enrico or Erico?) was a real charm to the restaurant! The recommended wine pairings were divine too. Can't wait to be back.

  • 5Wuttitorn O. 2 years ago
    Great Italian atmosphere. Super friendly staff. Prices on higher end but worth it.

  • 5Christine S. 10 months ago
    Cozy little restaurant, with delicious Italian food, very hearty. Really nice ambience and the server was so warm and welcoming.

  • 5John B. 11 months ago
    Always great service. Always great food.

  • 5Megan D. 1 year ago
    What could you ask more than a delicious plate of homemade pasta? nothing. Here, I could really enjoy the perfect balance of the taste. The portion was awesome, the service just perfect, and with all its goodness, it really worth the price.

  • 5Cindy C. 1 year ago
    What could you ask more than a delicious plate of homemade pasta? nothing. Here, I could really enjoy the perfect balance of the taste. The portion was awesome, the service just perfect, and with all its goodness, it really worth the price.

  • 5Bruno Di M. 1 year ago
    Cozy little venue with excellent food and service. Carolina, one of the staff members, was lovely. Highly recommended.

  • 5phurbu s. 1 year ago
    Great italian restaurant.

  • 5S. 1 year ago
    Very nice pasta, very Italian

  • 5Greg W. 1 year ago
    Superb authentic Italian food, nice n cosy, friendly atmosphere, great staff.

  • 4Angela P. 1 year ago
    Cute little restaurant, smaller than my kitchen at home! Food was good but a little on the expensive side. Staff extremely professional, polite and friendly. No printed menus as the menu changes each week. Good to experience.

  • 4Aaron E. 1 year ago
    Really neat spot in East Melbourne. The menu changes weekly, so it was listed on the board. Service was acceptable. I felt like the prices were $8-$10 too high but otherwise it was a great experience and made me feel like I was in Italy.

  • 4Rahaf A. 1 year ago
    Taste is five star, portion is small, if you’re really hungry or if this is your cheat meal, I wouldn’t suggest to go there.. if you wanna feel fancy and have a really great pasta, then you should give it a visit.. the place is small which isn’t a problem at all, coz it’s cozy.. id suggest you call before you visit the restaurant. The waiters are beyond amazing, very helpful, and welcoming :)

  • 3rasta j. 1 year ago
    Nice, romantic venue, but food not exceptional unfortunately..service however was great.!

  • 2Celine C. 1 year ago
    We went here for our 7 year anniversary and was let down by overcooked seafood. Told the waiter who didn't know what to say

  • 1Anuschka R. 1 year ago
    Got violent food poisoning from the truffle parmesan ravioli !! Ended up in hosptial. Speaks for itself.

  • 1Chamani De S. 1 year ago
    Very disappointed with the service Don't recommend this place

  • 1Damian De S. 1 year ago
    Bookd a table indoors and at the time of arrival was told that our table was outside eventhough there was a table available inside Would not recommend this place

Last updated: 2020-08-25