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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 3 9347 9959
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Wodonga, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We consulted Tripadvisor when looking for somewhere to eat in Lygon St. The staff were very friendly - just like family. The food was like one would expect - well presented and generous portions. We enjoyed the antipasto platter to start and spaghetti marinara (bravo). We would definitely go back.

Thank my_pho
Sydney, Australia
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115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived on a busy Friday night without a reservation. The manager made arrangements for us to dine inside rather than the cold outside tables. (They did have good gas heating outside). Lovely genuine hospitality - fantastic menu and it's hard to select what to order. We did order the Whitebait plus the Mussels in a lovely broth, both accompanied... More 

Thank Frank T
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is absolutely beautiful! The owner is the hardest working person here!! Our reservation got stuffed up online but they did there absolute best to make us happy even by buying our first round of drinks! And the food! Oh my god the food is to die for some of the best pasta and rib eye iv ever had!... More 

Thank Huia R
Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this charming Italian restaurant in Melbourne recently. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, and all of the staff were amazing. Sadly they had just run out of gnocchi but were incredibly helpful in deciding on the best alternative. The sauces, one light cream based and one tomato based, were both delicious, and perfectly complimented the fresh pasta. Highly... More 

1 Thank Kate R
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168 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was definitely the Italian dining experience I was searching for in Melbourne. The meals were delicious and the staff were so friendly too.

1 Thank Scott N
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My lovely wife introduced me to this restaurant. Real authentic Italian food, from the antipasto thru to pasta. If you want real Italian food, try this place, try the meatballs with spaghetti, absolutely beautiful. Oh the gluten free pasta is fantastic.

Thank Lisu04
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here with another couple for my partners birthday. With so much choice on Lygon it's hard to choose where to go but this place is absolutely amazing! Flawless Italian food and an incredible dining experience! Definitely will be going back for more :)

Thank Brad H
Auckland, New Zealand
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104 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a well cooked and delicious meal here. For women, their portions can be large though. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

1 Thank Mums4Kids
Gold Coast, Australia
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Read some reviews about restaurants in Lygon Street and this one appeared to have comments of a consistently good standard. As we were only in Melbourne for 2 nights we wanted to make the most of our limited dining opportunities. We were welcomed into a very warm and comfortable setting for a really delicious meal. The Squid ink pasta for... More 

Thank Chris D
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We eat here after the race. Accommodated large group at short notice. Beautiful food had by all, especially the gnocchi and the salmon. Happy to adjust meals for individuals as required. Excellent authentic Italian experience.

Thank Michelle S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 9959
Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lygon Street

Neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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.
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