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Cucina di Esposito

162 Elgin Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Tel : +61 3 9347 9838
Fax : +61 3 9347 5615
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$
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Name change from Esposito @ Toofeys to and a new direction Cucina di Esposito is the creation of famed restaurateur Maurice Esposito. Chef and operator Maurice Esposito has had 21 years experience in the food industry and his expertise comes through in Esposito's mouth-watering menu and the warmth and finesse with which the restaurant is run.

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Esposito is located in Carlton, a 5-minute walk from Lygon Street and 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.

Wrapped in a double layer of crisp linen table cloths and topped with Villeroy and Boch crockery, each table at Esposito plays a part in creating a cosy, sophisticated and contemporary dining space. Large windows give a view onto Elgin Street, whilst the black and white marble bar and glowing chandelier brings a touch of glamour to the otherwise simple space.

The evolving culinary vision at esposito is to get to the very heart of Italian food and bring it to the table. The concept is for produce-driven food to be cooked proudly in traditional Italian ways, with handmade pastas and risottos driving the menu, as well as fresh fish that is locally sourced. If you’re more of a meat eater however, the wood-fired grill will not disappoint, with dishes such as char-grilled fillet steak, with celeriac slaw, roquette and lemon. For dessert, dive into a gooey ‘Budino di cioccolato’, hot chocolate pudding served with a refreshing blood orange sorbet.

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 One Chef’s Hat
The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2009-2012

 Best Seafood Restaurant
Restaurant & Catering Association 2008

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Cucina di Esposito - User Reviews


Last night, the 18th June 2010, I took my wife & family out to Esposito. Upon entering the restaurant we were welcomed by friendly staff. The ambience and decor were beautiful. We selected an Italian Pinot Grigio, and the boys had a non-alcoholic cocktail each, which they reported was delicious. We made our selections whilst nibbling on some beautiful bread, which we dipped in the extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt provided for that purpose. Next we were given a small seaweed appetizer/palate cleanser each. From the moment we tasted the subtle, yet complex flavours in that simple dish, we knew we were in for something special. Entrees came, with Rosie having the Calamari “Cannelloni” of prawns – where the calamari was used to form the “Cannelloni” tube, then filled with perfect prawns. Matt had the seared scallops whilst from memory Callum had the mud-crab ravioli swimming in a crustacean broth. I elected to try the Carpaccio of yellow fin tuna – all of which were exquisite. Throughout the entire evening the service staff were unobtrusive. Mains came next. Rosie had the battered King George whiting fillets with long chips, and Matt selected the grilled version. Both were ecstatic. Portion sizes were perfect, being satisfying but not button-popping. I had the John Dory fillets and Callum had the special – Atlantic salmon with a cauliflower puree. Sensational! For dessert, Callum had the special, which was a semi-fredo. He was in ecstasy, as what Matt who had a vanilla and sage panacotta. Rise and I finished off with a platter of three cheeses and an espresso. When we left we were farewelled by the friendly staff. As we walked to the car we were unanimous in our opinion that this was the best dining experience any of us had ever had. Esposito Seafood Dining is highly  19/06/2010

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Restaurant Specials

All Year Round Specials/Events
Loaves and Fishes menu. Monday to Thursday @ Esposito. Two courses (entree and main) $35 with a glass of wine.

All Year Round Specials/Events
SOMMELIER NIGHTS - DEGUSTATION MENU - EVERY THURSDAY EVENING Challenge yourself to match wine from your cellar to a specially created menu designed by Maurice and Mirella. 5 course menu is $65.00pp or $95.00pp with matched wine. Bookings essential.

All Year Round Specials/Events
Throughout the year Esposito is hosting wine dinners in their private dining room. Book Esposito@toofey's for a special evening of food & wine matching. Enjoy discussion by guest speakers-the wine maker of featured vineyard of the evening.

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Private Dining Area
Suitable for Functions

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