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Meet the Chef

Picture of Marcello Mariani.

Marcello Mariani

Marcello Mariani, a northern Italian chef, trained in Treviso & Venice. He worked in London at Harry’s Bar & then at the Harkin Hotel, the first Italian Michelin Star in London. He also did a stint in America. He arrived in Melbourne in 2012 & worked in the CBD, specializing in traditional Italian flavours, but also using unique Australian products. Mariani has been head chef at Caterina’s Cucina e Bar since 2016. He was awarded the first ever chef’s hat for a lunch time only restaurant in 2018.

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315 reviews
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dined on Mon, 17 Jun 2019

Great food and service and you always feel that you could be anyway in Italy!! Love it, and will be back with others

dined on Thu, 2 May 2019

The total and wine excellent but an extra star for stunning service. Caterina is always on the floor directing the team like a brilliant conductor...and it shows.

dined on Tue, 28 May 2019

Fantastic place. Love the food here.
Peter Worth

dined on Thu, 16 May 2019

Outstanding traditional Venetian food.

dined on Wed, 15 May 2019

Caterina's is always brilliant. Love dining there.

dined on Mon, 13 May 2019

Best Italian in the City!!

dined on Fri, 10 May 2019

Excellent atmosphere, food and service...great long lunch spot. Wine list extensive but a bit on the pricey side

dined on Fri, 26 Apr 2019

Owner & staff provide a warm & welcoming atmosphere

dined on Wed, 24 Apr 2019

The food was delicious, best ravioli I've had. It's a shame the venue is only open for lunch and not dinner also.

dined on Thu, 11 Apr 2019

As usual fabulous food and service: always look forward to going back.
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About Caterina's Cucina e Bar

Classy Lunchtime Revelry Descend the stairs to Caterina’s Cucina e Bar on Queen Street in Melbourne’s bustling CBD and you’ll feel like you’re a world away. This little enclave is popular with the business crowd, but it’s hardly limited to those in suits: it’s also frequented by Italian food devotees looking for a little lunchtime revelry. Open for lunch only, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar will make you feel like you’re in an Italian opera with its marble, vintage mirrors, Venetian masks and formally clothed tables. There’s an international wine list with 400 wines plus a dozen or so available by the glass. You’ll have no trouble tippling away the afternoon here over a top-notch vino. As for the food, chef Marcello Mariani serves regional Italian dishes that showcase fresh, seasonal produce from local producers. If you’re looking to host an event, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar caters for corporate functions, private dinners and weddings. It’s definitely a class act at Caterina’s. Best dish: Porcini mushroom risotto



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