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Il Cantuccio

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Lygon Street
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209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 39347 9959
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here with my wife and our daughter for my wife's birthday after checking reviews on TripAdvisor. You won't be disappointed with any part of your meal. Both our starter - bruschetta and our main courses ( all pasta based ) were so good. The mains were quite big in size although we tend to be small eaters. Wait staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Suggested dining at Il Cantuccio to our interstate based friends, not having been in Melb ourselves for a few years. Food was as authentic and delicious as I remembered as was the fantastic Italian hospitality. Right down to the complimentary Port at the end of our meal. mille o tante grazie!

1 Thank Tony C
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great food. Superb attentive service and good value for money. My wife and I went there to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The staff gave us complimentary drinks before dinner. We shared seafood entrees which were divine. Would definitely recommend!

1 Thank gphipps
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful dining experience here. The staff were welcoming, friendly and were so wonderful with our 5 year old. Could not fault it. Food was really good and plentiful!! Would def return

2 Thank KVL25
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good italian in Carlton area of Melboune on Lygon St. I didn't have a reservation but the staff was accommodating and I had good service, great carbonara pasta that I wish I could order in my local italian restaurant

2 Thank M N
Canberra, Australia
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic dinner here. Loved the food, the staff and how authentic the place was! Went here for a family dinner with two children under 2. The restaurant is beautiful but not much space! The staff did everything they could for is to make our dinner comfortable! Putting us away from people which made it easy to contain the... More 

1 Thank Alex U
Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing, delicious food & fabulous customer service. The best Italian in Melbourne! Highly recommend :-)

1 Thank southyt
Westfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After consulting Trip Advisor to find a good medium-priced restaurant in Melbourne for our first evening, we chose Il Cantuccio and were very happy that we did. We had made a reservation, and when we realized that we were going to arrive late because the walk was longer than anticipated, we phoned the restaurant. They were very understanding and held... More 

1 Thank Pat B
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133 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A regular spot for genuine home style italian food on Lygon street. Welcoming hosts Mario & Lori are part of the Italian fabric of Lygon Street. It's great to be so warmly greeted. Over the years we have grazed from the regular menu, enjoyed the specials and now mostly settle for a few favorite choices - squid ink linguine, meatballs,... More 

2 Thank jiffy2006
Robina, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When our other plans fell through we decided fairly last minute we would go here for dinner. Managed to get a reservation late on a Sat arvo for that night for 2. Excellent service, great food & best of all, BYO for a very cheap $3 per head. We will definitely return next time we are in Melbourne.

2 Thank Kiwijojo2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $30
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighborhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 39347 9959
Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.

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Staying in Lygon Street

Neighborhood Profile
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighborhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.