Geppetto Trattoria

Average price $55
326 reviews

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Restaurant menu

Chef Nino Cea
  • Average price $55 Special request
Spaghetti pescatora

Spaghetti tossed with prawns, scallops, mussels, fish fillets, garlic and tomato sauce

Orecchiette Collese

Shell shaped pasta with roasted eggplant, sausages, tomato and basil

Paccheri con crema di zucchine (v)

Tubular pasta with zucchini purée, confit tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and ricotta

Football Menu

Dietary options

, Gluten free

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 326 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :8.7/10
  1. Anne K.
    Anne K.
    • one review

    Geppettos in East Melbourne is a much admired local Italian restaurant with a well deserved reputation for good service, authentic Italian food and wines to match.

  2. Daryl K.
    Daryl K.
    • 2 reviews

    I have been going to Geppetto for just over 30 years and have never done the right thing and reviewed them. About time I did! The food is "Nonna" food, unfussed family food! Generous serves (you don't go home hungry from Geppettos) and punched full of flavour. They treat you like family and the whole experience is fabulous. It has been consistent for 30 years. I intend to continue going until I drop.

  3. Sue d.
    Sue d.
    • 9 reviews

    We absolutely love Geppetto. Unfortunately we were seated upstairs tonight. Food and service still excellent however it was difficult to hear over the large group near us. Upstairs seating is usually for larger groups which makes sense but we were a group of 4 amongst them. Even so we still love Geppetto

  4. Marilyn H.
    Marilyn H.
    • 3 reviews

    All our food choices were of excellent quality and value and all staff were courteous and helpful. My salmon timbale was well presented and delcious and my only comment is that ut was too big for an entree!!

  5. Batul D.
    Batul D.
    • one review

    So glad we dined at this restaurant. Cute Italian restaurant with food that was beyond amazing. All dishes came out fresh and never dissapointing. Would highly recommend to eat here for some authentic Italian food.

  6. Simon B.
    Simon B.
    • one review

    First time in Melbourne and this place was everything we hoped it would be, a quaint little Italian restaurant with a great atmosphere. Service was friendly and timely and not to forget the beautiful food, so fresh and Very tasty! The wine selection was well suited to the food being served. Definitely will return.

  7. Vittoria F.
    Vittoria F.
    • one review

    Located just outside CBD Geppetto Trattoria was a great find. Ernesto, our waiter was personable and gave us exceptional customer service. My husband had the Osso Buco D'agnello which just fell off the bone and I had Vitello Saltimbocca with roasted potatoes which was delicious. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

  8. Rod H.
    Rod H.
    • 3 reviews

    This place has been around for over 30 years and we can we why.. great simple Italian food with good service and good value prices. Will be back for lunch what a find

  9. Harriet L.
    Harriet L.
    • 4 reviews

    This treasure of a restaurant is just a short stroll from the heart of Melbourne. The staff were welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. There was a lovely cosy ambience but it wasn't cluttered - just busy! The food was just perfect - tasty, balanced flavours, delicious. Portions were just the right size. We'd happily eat here again and will be recommending it to friends and family.

  10. Alby N.
    Alby N.
    • one review

    Overall the restaurant was good, but the antipasto platter was disgustingly expensive. For each person it was, $18.50 so for both a shared platter was $37.00 and not much on it. Being an Italian restaurant bread should be virtually immediate on the table, I had to ask for it. It was overall quite good with ample servings and quality, apart from the starter.

  11. Kevin P.
    Kevin P.
    • one review

    We ordered fish and veal for mains. Despite nice presentation, both meals were over cooked and dry, losing all tenderness. Staff were pleasant and responsive.

  12. Bill L.
    Bill L.
    • one review

    We were 10 min late, and 3 of the five we had booked for were unable to attend. The staff were very accommodating and found us a table for two. My wife chose fish of day, told it was trout fillets. Pretty sure it wasn't, it was salmon, but hey, it was ok. I had crumbed pork medallions, plenty of it but a bit dry. All in all an average eating experience. The staff were very busy, but very friendly and attentive.

  13. Sterling G.
    Sterling G.
    • one review

    This was a great place to eat. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. I especially enjoyed the Osso Buco. The cheese cake was very good. We would return in a heart beat.

    Geppetto Trattoria

    Thanks Sterling for you fantastic review and we hope to keep the standard up for your next visit! Grazie.

  14. Cynthia R.
    Cynthia R.
    • 2 reviews

    Very welcoming and helpful, as it was pouring rain when we entered, and we were a little wet. Coat taken to hang immediately. Very pleasant waiter.

    Geppetto Trattoria

    Very welcoming and helpful, as it was pouring rain when we entered, and we were a little wet. Coat taken to hang immediately. Very pleasant waiter. Thanks for taking your time to leave such a wonderful review and we're so glad that you enjoyed your evening! Grazie.

  15. Cheryl Q.
    Cheryl Q.
    • one review

    It has been 2 years since we ate at Geppettos, and last night would certainly be the last time! After being shown to our table and then told the specials on the menu , we had to wait 15 minutes before anyone returned to our table to take our drink or food order. We then waited half an hour before we were served our entree. Geppettos is very popular with takeaway and Uber orders at the expense of their restaurant customers. People were coming in and getting their food while we were still waiting! We have noticed that this is now a common happening in restaurants!

    Geppetto Trattoria

    We are extremely disappointed with your recent dinner with us here at Geppetto's. Even though the restaurant was fully booked we do not make any excuses for the utmost professional and attentive service and it seems we have failed you on your last visit and we are sorry for that. In terms of our takeaways disrupting service we do not believe this is correct as we had only a handful of pickups from locals as we do not currently use UBER. Nevertheless, we should have been able to provide you with a better experience and have sent you an email to follow up with this incident. We are a family run restaurant of almost 40 years and expect everyone to leave here satisfied. We are sorry.

  16. Julie C.
    Julie C.
    • 16 reviews

    Geppetto is a wonderful Italian restaurant, serving beautiful food in a lovely setting. The waiters were excellent, with efficient service. Highly recommend.

    Geppetto Trattoria

    Grazie Mille! Thanks for taking your time to leave such an incredible review on your recent visit with us.

  17. Peter A.
    Peter A.
    • 2 reviews

    Geppetto’s is an excellent restaurant. Food great. Service great. Ambience great. No wonder it’s always full. I’m hesitant to recommend it so highly in case I can’t be accommodated next time I want to go there!

    Geppetto Trattoria

    Peter there will always be a table here for you! Thanks so much for your continued support over the years

  18. Tom D.
    Tom D.
    • one review

    Almost everything was superb. Aranchini crisp outside, creamy inside, gnocchi was excellent as was the sauce, but ragu was not cooked fully and was tough, Saltimbocca excellent and cannoli superb. Wines well priced with choices of Italian and Australian varieties. Go there it's great

    Geppetto Trattoria

    Thanks Tom for your lovely review and we hope to perfect our ragu upon your next visit!

  19. Vicki S.
    Vicki S.
    • one review

    Have trammed past this restaurant hundreds of times and only went there for the first time last night only to realise I have been missing out all these years. Fantastic food, friendly and efficient service and BYO welcomed. I think this will become one of my new favourites!

    Geppetto Trattoria

    We are so very glad that you enjoyed your first visit here at Geppetto's and that you gave us a chance after passing us by on the tram so many times! Grazie

  20. Shirley B.
    Shirley B.
    • one review

    Great little restaurant. Staff were very friendly and the food was excellent. Can highly reccommend and will hopefully have the chance to visit again in the near future.

    Geppetto Trattoria

    Thanks Shirley for you great feedback. We are so very glad that you would recommend us to your friends and that you plan on visiting us again in the future

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More information

Opening time

Monday - Friday lunch : 12pm - 3pm

Monday - Satuday dinner: 6pm - 10pm

How to get to the restaurant

78A Wellington Pde, 3002, East Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Public transport

tram = number #48 and #75 stop directly in front on the restaurant; train: Jolimont station 100 metres away

Directions to get there

Almost on the corner of Wellington parade and Simpson street, East Melbourne 3002

off street parking 1-2 hour

Melbourne City, Melbourne East, Melbourne North

About the restaurant

An Italian institution of Melbourne with the same family owning it since 1981; Geppetto's is an genuine neighborhood icon and a must visit before any local event at the MCG, AAMI park or Rod Laver stadiums directly across the street.

Nino and his son serve up fresh, local and authentic dishes with a focus on pasta, seafood, offal and slow cooked dishes that are hard to find.

Some of the more popular plates include homemade gnocchi, braised osso buco, double roasted pork belly, eggplant parmigiana and carpaccio just to name a few. Fresh whole fish options change daily depending what the season offers!

- Jolimont station - 100 metre walk away - with two tram stops #48 and #75 (stop number 13) directly in front of us.

BEST DISH: Gnocchi Ragú


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