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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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74 reviews
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dined on Fri, 4 Aug 2017

Excellent in every way.

dined on Fri, 28 Jul 2017

A great space. Excellent food and staff.

dined on Fri, 28 Jul 2017

Food was delicious and very well presented. All three courses and the wine. Friendly and helpful staff. Love the farm to fork concept. Great options for gluten free. Beautiful flavors, and I liked it as dessert was not too sweet. Very clean food. Would definitely like to go back.

dined on Wed, 26 Jul 2017

A solid meal at good prices

dined on Sat, 22 Jul 2017

A great night with great wine, honest good quality food, a lovely environment and friendly staff. Thank you!

dined on Sat, 15 Jul 2017

Food was delicious and the staff were great.

dined on Sat, 8 Jul 2017

Had a great night enjoying wonderful food and good service!

dined on Thu, 6 Jul 2017

Rocco made us feel so welcomed and his genuine love for what his restaurant offers made the dining experience even more memorable ... wonderful time had by all!

dined on Wed, 5 Jul 2017

This new kid on the block is definitely worth a visit.

dined on Wed, 5 Jul 2017

A good night had by all. It was a quiet Wednesday evening so would anticipate the atmosphere would improve as the venue fills up. Great front of house and overall high quality service. A nice, wide and variety, menu to cater for all tastes. For me, the octopus starter and lamb main were standouts.
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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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