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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.

69 Verified Diner Reviews

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69 reviews
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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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dined on Sat, 17 Jun 2017

Even though the restaurant is still new, we did not notice any teething problems. On the contrary, service was exceptional, warm and friendly hospitality and we felt at home straight away. We just left it to Rocco to feed the 7 of us and fantastic food just started landing on our table. We were well fed and this place is great if you are vegetarian (lots of options) or do not want a meat centric meal. The food was different with a hint of Italian, contemporary, really interesting and tasty. Will come back without hesitation and have already spread the word.

dined on Fri, 19 May 2017

Delicious wines and dessert.

dined on Sat, 22 Apr 2017

A lovely night with great people working really hard to achieve success.

dined on Sat, 8 Apr 2017

we first heard of Project 49 whist in Beechworth, where they have a cafe, we booked and arrived a little early, which was ok, we were at that time unaware that there were two venues the cafe wine bar and next door the restaurant, we were seated and my pet hate is to be facing a wall (which is a big mistake a lot of cafes and restaurants make the food was limited in choice only 3 mains, of choice 4 starters (share) 4-5 entres the wine list was also very limited, we then was told by Rocco (proprietor) they had only been open 2 days and they had a lot of work to do building the menue and wine list, we enjoyed the experience and will certainly go back (i will not go to a cafe or restaurant to look at walls i go for the ambience not walls) the fit out requires character adding nicknaks etc to give it some meaning, the the sand blasted stark brick walls have been done over and over, the venue will be good in time once the menue is built on this is worth a visit again
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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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