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Australian, Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t go to Melbourne without eating Italian in Lygon St. Our regular was closed this Il Gambiro lived ull ok to its reputation. Excellent friendly fast attentive service but big overbearing and simple delicious food. Highly recommended

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met friends here for a lunch time catch-up during the Melbourne Italian Festa 2022. For an Italian restaurant on Lygon St, the heart of Melbourne’s Italian community, it was very disappointing for several reasons. 1.) Although very few tables were actually occupied, service was...slow. 2.) There were 6 of us, I ordered the grilled flounder which was excellent, but everyone else was dissatisfied with their meal for one reason or another. 3.) Meals came out at all different times so some people on the table were finishing before others had even got their order. 4.) They ran out of bread. 5.) They RAN OUT of bread – unheard of for an Italian restaurant. 6.) The house specialty dessert, Tiramisu, was not really all that special. We won’t be coming back here again, there is so much better in this area.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in without a booking on a very busy night and were welcomed and taken to a table. Great menu with lots of variety. I had a delicious chicken dish and my partner really enjoyed his pasta marinara. Great friendly service and lively atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 22 March 2022

We were welcomed warmly even from when we were outside in the street. Good choices of meals available. Chicken avocado and prawns was fabulous. All meals looked great! Lamb shanks were thought to be a little salty! Desserts looked good too.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 9 March 2022 via mobile

Food was marvellous, a couple of hiccups but very quickly rectified. Our waitress was lovely, so helpful, apologising for the minor hiccups and fixing them with a smile. Would highly recommend this place. Look forward to going back.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 1 March 2022 via mobile

Great food and service. Also gluten free options. Italian beer on tap. I just wish their lunch specials would come back...

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 4 January 2022 via mobile

Great service, even in a busy time we received our meals much faster than we were told to expect. The staff are lovely as well, only topped by the quality of the food.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 9 December 2021 via mobile

We had organised a very special family weekend with our adult children.. from the moment we arrived it was chaos.. couldn’t get a waiter to serve us drinks at all.. in fact we tried to get the older gentleman’s attention and he said with his...fingers 2 minutes and then never showed. It took over 90 minutes for the entrees to arrive, and let’s just say after 90 minutes the main meal came first and then the entree arrived! The poor waitress was on her first night there, and was completely thrown into the deep end. But that didn’t help our very special night be ruined by the poor and terrible service we received.. no apologies, no sincere explanation.. and to top it off today we now have to quarantine because Saturday the 4 th of December became an exposure site.. We wished we never went, and will never return. First impressions.. a complete failMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

Being a Friday and passing a hundred Asian restaurants we stumbled on this fine restaurant A table was found and the service and food was great Not to noisy and look forward to returning.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 February 2021 via mobile

Average pizza, slightly overpriced but nice ambience and very friendly service. Good for when visiting the area

Date of visit: February 2021
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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
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Il Gambero is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4