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Meet the Chef

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Rocco Esposito

Rocco moved to Australia in 1998. In 2004 he set up his own Restaurant - Wine Bar in Beechworth, North East Victoria, the acclaimed ‘Wardens Food & Wine’. In 2009 Rocco was the recipient of “The Age Good Food Guide Wine Service Award” as well as rated by “The Age Melbourne Magazine” as one of the top 100 most influential people. Rocco was working as Director of Wine at Vue de Monde, indisputably one of Australia’s best Hospitality groups.

78 Verified Diner Reviews

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78 reviews
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dined on Fri, 4 Oct 2019

An example of what a truly great Italian restaurant should be like - Rocco delivers a warm environment with great wine guidance to match the flavours of the puttanesca style of food. The Raghu Gnocchi is the best.suggestions

dined on Wed, 18 Sep 2019

Wonderful service, nice atmosphere, very inspired menu.

dined on Sat, 7 Sep 2019

Great service. Fabulous food. Sensational wine

dined on Sat, 24 Aug 2019

Great food and service. Menu a little limited

dined on Fri, 16 Aug 2019

Amazing food and service. Very comfortable and not noisy at all!

dined on Fri, 9 Aug 2019

We had a wonderful evening as it was our first time at Project49 but the service was warm and friendly but not intrusive. Rocco and Lisa know their food and wine and go out of their way to ensure you enjoy it. Excellent modern Italian food. Should be a destination for everyone😃

dined on Tue, 30 Jul 2019

excellent worth a visit

dined on Thu, 25 Jul 2019

We chose the Feed Me menu @ $75 per head for 7 courses and were a bit disappointed by the small amount of food that was served between 4 people. Certainly tasty! Wine list was great and suggestions for a craft beer was spot on!

dined on Wed, 19 Jun 2019

Excellent food and service.

dined on Thu, 13 Jun 2019

Awesome food and great service.
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BYO Wine Lunches

Enjoy BYO Wine Lunches at Project Forty Nine Restaurant with $10 corkage
24 May 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
Fri, Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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About Project Forty Nine

Italian dining in a fresh, relaxed setting. The newest edition to the Project Forty Nine family, this Collingwood restaurant offers Italian dining in a fresh, relaxed setting. Seasonal, sustainably grown produce lends the menu flavours as rich as nature intended. Dishes strike a balance between the traditional and the adventurous, complemented by a considered, well-developed wine list and served by a knowledgeable and passionate team. Why not arrive a little early for a glass in the wine bar and a small plate from the deli, serving fine cheeses, meats and carefully curated wines amongst a host of artisanal delicacies.* Rooted in the biodiverse earth of the Beechworth property, Project Forty Nine in Collingwood brings a piece of the country back into town in an expression of a commitment to simple, unadulterated produce and warm hospitality. We look forward to meeting you there.



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