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Cafe Italia

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Lygon Street
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University St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited this restaurant last night for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. The service staff were excellent, very friendly and the food was delicious, we all had a different meal and every dish was lovely. Very nice inside where you could easily have a conversation. I would definitely go back again.

Thank Marjorie M
Level Contributor
15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We used often to come here with our young children. I do not remember why we stopped. Perhaps it was because there were so many alternatives within a short distance. On this occasion I was one of a party of a dozen or so with a shorter selection on the menu. It was a good selection. Pizza pieces, a main,... More 

Thank BDBCamberwell
Melbourne, Australia
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224 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been eating here for nearly ten years now, off and on. It started with our first date, and then our first anniversary, and other occasions since then. We love the fact it is off the main street of Carlton and has an open and airy feel. The menu has become more limited of recent years. (not a bad... More 

Thank beaustravels
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60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A few years ago Italia was a dependable place for a family meal. Plenty of space for kids to run around when they have had enough of sitting, without bothering other diners. It is now a shadow of its former self. Staff are still friendly and accommodating but the food is gluggy and unappetising. Needs a face-lift and a new... More 

Thank Malvoleo
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Came here with a large group of people. --Couldn't find service staff, went to the bar to request drinks. We were told to return to our seats and someone would be over right away... 10 minutes later and still no one came, we returned to the bar to order drinks. --Outside of our table's bulk food order, not once was... More 

Thank ChadMichaelVincent
Melbourne, Australia
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968 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Challenge: find a Lygon Street Italian eatery quiet enough for conversation over dinner. My answer: Café Italia, which is down a lane running off Lygon Street on the city side of the Faraday intersection. After a visiting interstate friend and I had seen a movie at the Nova, I took her for a walk past a few of the nearby... More 

Thank Alys-Schatzi
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Rated only 1009/3056 on Trip Advisor (4*) and selected by friends, this is located in the busy Italian area of the city; we found the food to be pretty good, the service very good, but a bit pricey so not so good on VFM. Rating an average 5/10.

Thank KT-svj
Bairnsdale, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We had take away soy coffees from here and they were great. Good service, quiet, warm and close to our accommodation.

Thank Leo81983
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

I'd been to Cafe Italia a couple of times before and had a relatively good experience. However I was not prepared for what happened tonight. We ordered gnocchi and a pizza. The pizza was not totally cooked and the gnocchi were … well inedible. I tried, I really did. Added some salt and tried again, but just couldn't. I had... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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143 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Just off Lygon street and not as "authentic" looking as the smaller reataurants on Lygon but unsurpassed in the quality of food on offer. The food, drink and service is always to a most acceptable standard. The tables are at a distance from each other which means we could speak easily to one another. The prices may be a little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: University St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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