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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.

74 Verified Diner Reviews

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Mary-Ellen Vincent

dined on Fri, 13 Jul 2018

This place is superb. Delicious and creative menu, good wine list and excellent service. I would highly recommend Project Forty Nine and will definitely be back for more!
Yee Min

dined on Sat, 7 Jul 2018

Fabulous modern food with an Italian influence. We love this place and have recommended to many of our friends. Great food and service, with menu changes often enough for us to go regularly and still taste new things. Last night'scauliflower gratin with bottarga and pecorino was excellent as is the cotecchino.

dined on Mon, 25 Jun 2018

It was great! Thanks for having us

dined on Fri, 22 Jun 2018

Excellent food, beautifully presented with a modern touch of Italian themes. Loved the beef cheek with pickled cauliflower.Staff are lovely and its a gorgeous space. Try the project 49 Chardonnay from their vineyard in Beechworth - delicious. We will definilty be back.

dined on Fri, 1 Jun 2018

Delicious food! The best duck dish EVER!!! A great atmosphere, wonderful staff & the owners were fantastic hosts. Will definitely return with a group of friends. Refreshing to have a smaller menu choice with everything being delicious. Thanks for a wonderful night.

dined on Fri, 1 Jun 2018

Lisa and Rosco were friendly and Rosco was very informative on wine recommendations. The quality of food served was superb
Amanda Favilla

dined on Sat, 26 May 2018

Just beautiful food and wine. You’re in fine hands with Rocco and Lisa

dined on Fri, 25 May 2018

Great food and wine really friendly service. Not rushed but timely and friendly service. Would really recommend Project 49.

dined on Sat, 5 May 2018

Delicious food, great choice of wines and service is friendly
Yee Min

dined on Fri, 4 May 2018

We love the friendly service and fabulous food. Our bill this time was higher as we had a French wine but we would usually spend about $60 per head and be well fed and watered. Menu is modern and Italian influenced but not the usual local Italian. Has never failed to please everyone we have taken there.
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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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