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“Great Italian Experience”
Review of Olio Cucina

Olio Cucina
Ranked #226 of 4,034 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Olio epitomises what Melbourne is all about: hidden laneways, seriously good coffee and people that are passionate about food. Come and experience what has made Olio a destination for tourists and a regular for Melbournians.Ci vediamo presto!
Morwell, Australia
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160 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great Italian Experience”
Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

When in Melbourne a lot of people miss the little areas with hidden gems inside them and hiding sectets undiscovered. My wife and I explored and found ourselves immersed in Italy at Olio at Block Place. Wonderful staff and great Italian food.will be back for sure.Bravo!

Thank Aussieguy71
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not the last dinner we wanted in Australia”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

We saw Olio had good reviews so we gave it a try and came away very disappointed. The servers were attentive at first but then they got busy and barely paid us any attention. I actually had to go ask them three times for the check after sitting at the table for over 10 minutes with finished plates in front of us.
As to the food, it was average and the portions were so small that we had to walk back to the food court next to our hotel and order more food. And none of us are gluttons. I ordered spaghetti and probably got around 2.5 ounces. For four of us the bill came to $76. Wish I could give them a good review as I love Melbourne, but cannot.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank teanua
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Reminiscing Roma, Italia”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were craving for an authentic Italian meal and thought we'd go to one of the lane ways. As we wandered along the Block Place, we were invited to look at the menu of Olio Cucina and thought we'd give this place a try.

The interior of Olio reminds me of a restaurant we went to in Rome. It almost felt like we were in Italy that night, especially with the music and the lovely Italian waitresses.

The warm bread was to die for. I had the salmon ravioli and my partner had the prawn & scallop risotto. Both were very delicious and the serving just right. I glanced a bit of what other diners ordered and a few ordered pizza which looked really delicious.

Coffee was delicious and our dessert, sticky date pudding was just OK. maybe we'll try the homemade tiramisu next time.

As we were sitting near the entrance, we could see diners leaving the place with a smile on their faces.

Thanks Olio Cucina -- you brought us back to Roma that night.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Maria C
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Dandenong, Australia
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great food,great experience/ambience”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Looking for somewhere to eat we could hear some voices from this little arcade so down we went. This little restaurant was welcoming with the lovely Sam waiting on us.
We followed his recommendations and the food was perfect . The homemade bread was superb and snapper and soft shell crab cooked perfectly. Sam was friendly,flattering without being sleazy and service was good. Well priced with great ambience.

Visited March 2014
Thank ADFmum
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Karratha, Australia
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good food, good wine”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Wandered down a lane and found this delightful restaurant. Invited in and had a lovely lunch and good wine. Enjoyed a large screen showing some old Charlie Chaplin movies! Gold!

Visited March 2014
Thank Charmaineme
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