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“Ambience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Cantuccio

Il Cantuccio
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Ranked #3 of 4,054 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Lygon Street
Description: Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.
Australia
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437 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Love this cosy restaurant in Lygon Street. Friendly service, good variety of meals that all taste good. recommended!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
29 Thank Planner55
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emcee-corn, Owner at Il Cantuccio, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for your nice comments we're glad you enjoyed the evening.Hope to see you again soon. Cheers Mario
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Italy in Melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Went for lunch on Mother's Day. Arrived at 12 & told place was fully booked except 1 table inside. Quick and friendly service. Received an extra half glass of wine for free as their bottle was almost empty. Meatballs were delicious - strange they were served on mash & not spaghetti !? Still very delicious. Partner had a prawn & rice dish, equally yummy. Would definitely go again. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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28 Thank Lana2013
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emcee-corn, Manager at Il Cantuccio, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank for the nice words about our meat balls...... off course you can have them with Spaghetti or even risotto you need to ask us and we are more than happy to do. we think mash is a little different. Next time your in Melb try with risotto....... to die for.
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Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Really enjoyed the service and food at this restaurant . We are fussy.... as we have our own Italian Restaurant for over 20 years. In both Italy & NZ. So all we can say is it is now one that we would really enjoy to return to. Thank You

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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30 Thank Enz023
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emcee-corn, Owner at Il Cantuccio, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for your nice comments we're glad you enjoyed the evening.Hope to see you again soon. Cheers Mario
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Melbourne, Australia
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145 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Last time I rated 4 star, but I feel I just have to give it 5! It's too good not to!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

My wife and I have been here a few times now over the past 2 years, we just love it! Mario and his family are so hospitable you feel like you are dining with family rather than in a restaurant. As reported in my other review, this is authentic Italian on Lygon St, unlike some of the cheap touristy restaurants offering free wine and other gimmicks to get you in the door. Mario doesn't need any tricks, the food and service ensure people like us keep coming back time and time again. The meals are great value and first class. The meat balls and calamari are incredible, and this last visit I tried the tiger prawns in creamy sauce with chillie, just the best! So why 4 star last time? I took some clients there and was disappointed by the basic wine list. I have reconsidered this though, as one of the great things about this place is it's a BYO! My wife and I always take a few bottles of our favourite wine and it really saves on the bill. And I have also now learnt if you need a special wine you just ask Mario as he has some old gems tucked away out the back that aren't published on the wine list! Thanks Mario for another great night!! Salut!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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24 Thank Luapdrareve
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emcee-corn, Owner at Il Cantuccio, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for your nice comments we're glad you enjoyed the evening.Hope to see you again soon. Cheers Mario
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BC
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Friendly, good and reasonably priced”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

This restaurant has received strong reviews and deservedly so. It is traditionally Italian with a range of pastas and meat dishes as might be expected. What we had was very good, including gnocchi and a spectacular combination of meatballs and mashed potatoes. What was really impressive was the attitude. We could have smaller pasta (not that small), could change the sauces etc. The fact that the customer gets to define the dining experience is A refreshing change from some restaurants. The whole experience was relaxed and at a price that didn't break the bank. Add to this the generally upbeat atmosphere of Lygon street and it made for a great, informal evening out.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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24 Thank owr61
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emcee-corn, Owner at Il Cantuccio, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for your nice comments we're glad you enjoyed the evening.Hope to see you again soon. Cheers Mario
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