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Meet the Chef

Picture of Matteo Pignatelli.

Matteo Pignatelli

Born in Wodonga (country Vic) to an Australian dad and Northern Italian mother Rhys is using his family and international experiences to present Modern Australian cuisine inspired by Italian Classics.

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1315 reviews
Value for money

dined on Fri, 7 Jun 2019

From the moment we walked in, we felt welcome and almost at home. Service was immaculate and the food was divine. Every mouthful of every plate was like a sensation of flavours. Will definitely be back and highly recommend the Express Lunch option with add ons.

dined on Thu, 9 May 2019

This is one of Melbourne’s best fine dining restaurants. Food is exceptionally good on every visit and service is always perfect. The outstanding service provided by John, who really cares for his customers and their overall experience, is greatly valued and appreciated.

dined on Sat, 30 Mar 2019

Fish was overcooked, vegetables undercooked, but we like it enough to give it another chance
Garry Warne

dined on Mon, 18 Mar 2019

Wonderful in every way.

dined on Sun, 3 Mar 2019

Matteo’s is one of Melbourne’s finest restaurants. It ticks all the, ambience, service and no noise. If you haven’t been make a booking!
Bev Kliger

dined on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

Fabulous food and wonderful service

dined on Sat, 22 Jun 2019

It was really good

dined on Sun, 16 Jun 2019

This has to be one of Melbourne's dining gems. Consistently fine dining with exceptional and happy service, backed by an atmosphere that exudes Melbourne Italian at its best. Always a pleasure.

dined on Fri, 14 Jun 2019

Amazing vegetarian food - the best meal I've had in years!

dined on Tue, 4 Jun 2019

Great service and food!
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About Matteo's Melbourne

The relaxed high end of Australian dining Housed in an elegant Victorian terrace, past the bohemian enclave of Melbourne’s infamous Brunswick Street offering seasonal contemporary Australian cuisine and professional hospitality since 1994 is Matteo's restaurant. Oozing elegance from every pour, Matteo's is a premier dining destination that should be added to your 'culinary bucket list'. The stately leather chairs, chandeliers and gilded portraits are a strong contrast against the modern cuisine. The fresh and innovative flavours that pour from Buddha Lo’s kitchen makes this restaurant a force to be reckoned with. The new invigorated kitchen brigade and a very slick front-of-house team ensure that your every whim is met whilst dining here. This, combined with the warm hospitality delivered by ever-present owner Matteo Pignatelli, makes dining at Matteo's a real pleasure. Matteo's is the perfect blend of old-school formality and Melbourne modernity - what more can we say, it ticks every box. Best dish: Japanese seafood plate.



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