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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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332 reviews
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dined on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

The longest list of specials of any restaurant and authentically Italian; hard to beat! This place is a Melbourne institution and rightly so. Great food; extensive wine list to compliment, discrete setting and personalised, friendly service make it a great venue. Keep it up!

dined on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

We really enjoyed our lunch. We were unsure what to get for an entre and the kind staff made a very tasty selection for us. We will definitely go again :)

dined on Mon, 8 Jul 2019

Caterina's is so well worth experiencing... A hidden treasure in the heart of the City ! My family were hosted by not only beautiful well mannered staff, but Caterina herself. The atmosphere and dining experience was very special. EXCELLENT Northern italian Cuisine ... and the Lemon infused grappa... omg!! So smooth ... I was pleased to celebrate my 50th Birthday at Caterinas Cucina e Bar .. Grazie Mille Caterina XX
Michele Davison

dined on Thu, 4 Jul 2019

Caterina’s Cucina e Bar is perfection. If you love fine Italian cuisine don’t miss this place for a long lunch. The food is divine and the wine list is extensive. The staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable. Caterina herself is just gorgeous and she extremely passionate about what she does. She somehow manages to visit each table for a chat and to assist you with the extensive menu. I would recommend Caterina’s to anyone who wants to experience the best of the best in fine Italian cuisine.
Janice Butera

dined on Tue, 2 Jul 2019

As always we were treated to culinary delight. Our hostess was amazing and so quick to serve us. The meals were extraordinary and left us speechless. The cuisine is second to none. Please do not bypass Caterina's for your next luncheon in style.

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 Thu, 5 Sep 2019

Caterina is the heart and soul of this place. Know to many of her patrons and admired by all. She’s an expert if food and a lovely hostess.

dined on Tue, 3 Sep 2019

This is an outstanding restaurant for discerning food connoisseurs. The food, wine, service and especially the host, Caterina are fantastic. We have visited numerous times and it is by far our favourite restaurant. Not to be missed under any circumstance.
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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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