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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.

70 Verified Diner Reviews

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70 reviews
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dined on Sat, 2 Mar 2019

The food was exceptional. An amazing adaptation on some traditional Italian food that left us over satisfied and longing to come back again

dined on Wed, 19 Jun 2019

Excellent food and service.

dined on Thu, 13 Jun 2019

Awesome food and great service.
Simone Whitwell

dined on Sat, 1 Jun 2019

this is our very favorite local

dined on Sat, 25 May 2019

Rocco organised our meals and proceeded to bring out a selection of dishes from the menu that were a flavour sensation... oysters, duck,spreads and you gotta try the deserts Panna cota and tiramisu.the owners hail from Beechworth and really do put in a big effort with both the restaurant and there cafe next door...try both!!

dined on Fri, 24 May 2019

The service was very friendly and pleasant however as there were only two the service was a bit slow

dined on Sun, 5 May 2019

The only real problem with this venue is the lack of customers, possibly due to back street location. It’s a stunning venue with a great story and serving quality food and beverages. Just get in there people! Fill it up, then we can all tick the atmosphere box!

dined on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Great ambiance excellent selection of wines small but adequate menu I thought the plates were a little small and service was the best ! We will definitely be going back again and again.

dined on Tue, 16 Apr 2019

Fantastic food and service. Had a great night catching up with old friends.

dined on Sat, 13 Apr 2019

Fabulous food vino and service in funky venue and chic locale
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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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