CECCONI'S CANTINA
Melbourne, Victoria

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Cecconi's Cantina is a benchmark Italian restaurant in Melbourne city boasting a menu of innovative Mediterranean dishes. Perfectly arranged to cater for its patrons' needs, the dining room is split into two parts; choose the restaurant for a refined dining experience or go for the cantina when you're in the mood for a more boisterous, relaxed meal. Whichever section you favour, the dining room is beautifully styled, as is the cuisine.
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General info

Address:

61 Flinders Lane,
Basement
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000

Suburb:

Melbourne CBD

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Cuisine:

Italian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

There are now three generations of the Bortolotto family involved in Cecconi's, who have all contributed in making it one of the benchmark Italian restaurants in Melbourne. Its grasp on the dining scene is sturdy enough to break the rules which state that great restaurants cannot be found in basements – not in Melbourne, anyway. It's a wonderfully open place, divided into a wine bar and a more formal restaurant, with a vast open kitchen in between. The dining room embodies a warm cafe latte colour scheme and the upholstered chairs are perfect for settling in for a lingering gourmet experience.

Combining tradition and innovation, the Italian fare is stunning to say the least. Each dish depends on the quality of the ingredients, to which is added exceptional cooking knowledge and skills. To start, think of something as simple as prosciutto di Parma or a salad Caprese made from properly ripe tomatoes, excellent buffalo mozzarella and punchy basil. The pasta dishes are terrific, and for main courses, tempting as the menu is, listen carefully to the day's specials. You might have slow-braised lamb, or a tuna steak served with red pepper and caponata vegetables. The wine list is terrific and so are the waiters who nimbly attend to every whim or query. For a quick or casual meal, head for the wine bar which has its own menu and some delights by the glass. There's also a tiny terrace area perfect for catching some air while your vino breathes.
Rita Erlich

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Features

Award Winning / Hatted
AWARDS
The Age Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
One Chef Hat
Restaurants & Catering - Awards for Excellence - 2014
Best Formal Italian Restaurant - Victoria Metropolitan
The Age Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
One Chef Hat

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Hanna - 24/11/2015
We dined at Cecconis recently for our wedding anniversary and were very disappointed. We had great expectations, but left feeling let down. Our food was very mediocre. Entree's were average and as for our mains; risotto was watery and I could've cooked better at home. My pappardelle was so so, again, I could've cooked very similar myself. The dessert was lovely and the service was excellent, as was our wine. Then we got the bill $300! We were bitterly disappointed as we love fine dining and Italian is our fave cuisine. Wouldn't recommend.