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Il Cantuccio

209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 9959
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Ranked #21 of 4,003 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $31
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

That's the problem with getting top rankings in Tripadvisor, isn't it - the expectations gets higher. This is actually nothing more than an average "around the corner" Italian. Yes, the staff is very nice. Despite being extremely busy this evening they definitely tried their best. But the food - the pasta wasn't close to "al dente", the sauce lacked the... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our family visited Il Cantuccio on our first trip to Melbourne on holiday. We wanted authentic Italian food without the tourist hype. We hadn't booked but got a table outside just before 7pm. The service was very welcoming and attentive and there was plenty of good food. A pasta entree was enough for my 14 year old daughter and she... More

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I have been a long time supporter of this restaurant - but sadly I will not be going back. The owner has forgotten what made his business a success - friendly service, great food and the customer feeling important. We had 4 different waitresses during our recent visit and they were each as poor as each other. We were served... More

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Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great traditional Italian food, you feel so at home walking into this restaurant and the customer service was excellent and felt very genuine. We will definitely be returning to ilcantuccio!

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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We booked a table for our birthday celebrations, & we were not disappointed, the meals were cooked to perfection, with service to match. Mario & Lori were greats hosts, Italian food cooked the way Nonna cooked, with generous servings. We had a fantastic night! We will be going back.

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Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A regular Friday night dinner venue - Mario, Lori & the team make this a special place for relaxed dining, with authentic, unpretentious and genuine Italian food, wine and service. What I love about the place - fantastic Italian meatballs, lovely seafood (the mussels are good), some interesting specials, great pasta options, great steaks, fresh salads, good bread and desserts... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Service quick and friendly, general atmosphere was great...ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy each other's company.

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Maidstone, Australia
1 review
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Il Cantuccio was a great experience for the whole family, right from the get go we found parking just around the corner that was free after 6pm, then after a 1 minute walk we were taken to the window table that we booked and from thereon it went like clockwork - great night except for our very tired and grumpy... More

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1 review
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Very authentic Italian food. Being Italian from Perth it was the closest to Nonna's food. Very generous portion sizes and affordable prices. With a good range of wines. Will definitely be returning on our text Melbourne trip. Highly recommend.

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1 review
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Great to know this restaurant is happy to allow customers to smoke cigars and have the owner join in with a ciggy. Pitty our party were still eating. I know it's in the streets outdoor area and we were the last table left out there, but where is the courtesy to allow customers not to have the flavour of cigar... More

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