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313 Drummond Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Tel : +61 3 9347 5610
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$
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Spacious and comfortable, Masani is a long-running success within Carlton's predominately Italian dining scene. Housed within a classic terrace building, this elegant restaurant serves well-presented and generous Italian fare that utilises the best in Australian produce. A composed wine list rounds out the experience here, making Masani perfect for a family celebration or weekend meal.

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This building with its wide veranda, has housed any number of businesses, but it’s been stable as a restaurant since Richard Masani took over nearly 25 years ago, which is quite a feat in the nervous world of Carlton restaurants. Even better, Richard says he plans to be around for the next 25. The space is a classic example of Victorian architecture, with very high ceilings and generous proportions. It’s been brought up to date for its restaurant life with a modernisation that added carpet to the main dining area (all the better for conversation) and opened up the cellar space. In summer it feels cool, and in winter the huge fireplace comes into its own.

The setting (tables covered with double white cloths) gives an indication of a serious meal ahead. The food is Italian, with some light modern touches and good use of Australian ingredients. The menu changes seasonally and there are always specials. Look out for the cacciucco, a great Ligurian seafood dish somewhere between a stew and a soup, or a classic costoletta alla Milanese, here a veal cutlet coated with ciabatta and parmesan crumbs and served with silverbeet. Start with one of the pasta dishes, or a salmon carpaccio. The wine list is extensive, including lots of Italian choices and an unusually good range of older cabernets.

Rita Erlich, December 2007
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Masani - User Reviews

Gavin Mcphee:

I have been to many restaurants over the years but Masani's is the only one I have ever rated as "world class", truly. I found the service, the produce, the staff and the atmosphere exceptional and most importantly the food was exquisite. Richard gets his unique culinary ideas from all over the world and it shows. One of the cheese's on the menus is imported from a dairy farm in Dorchester, England of all places. I had the Duck Ravioli dressed with the Madeira reduction, I cannot describe how nice this was but as I am from interstate I am in the process of "trying" to recreate the dish for home. I will not get close but it is worth the try. My partner has the Rabbit Tortellini and has not stopped talking about it as well. We are now planning to go back to Masani's in February which is a 1600km round trip and we cannot wait. Thank you again Richard and all the team. Gavinreview  20/12/2011

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Restaurant Features
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Weddings

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