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Rosa Mitchell

As a young girl Rosa Mitchell and her family migrated from Sicily. Once an adult, Rosa began working at ‘Gertrude Street Enoteca’, soon after; running the kitchen at Journal Canteen and given free rein; where her home-style Sicilian cooking became recognised. Following this she opened Rosa's Kitchen and now with Rosa's Canteen sharing her time between the restaurant and her farm in Yandoit. Rosa’s food is very special: uncomplicated, traditional, lovingly prepared and authentic.

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dined on Mon, 23 Sep 2019

Service provided by Dave was outstanding and the food was fantastic, authentic Italian.
Dean Cunningham

dined on Thu, 5 Sep 2019

Went last night in a group of 6. First time at Rosa's and we will be back. Service from Dave was fantastic and the food absolutely delicious.

dined on Sat, 1 Jun 2019

We were celebrating our first wedding anniversary & found the service food and atmosphere exceptional. Definitely will come back.
Stacey Qin

dined on Thu, 30 May 2019

Tasty food and great service. But the cocktail menu is a bit disappointing.

dined on Mon, 20 May 2019

One of the best places in CBD for business lunch, unobtrusive good service, good location, and good atmosphere where your easily able to conduct a conversation without having to raise your voice. Relaxed but quality dining

dined on Fri, 10 May 2019

Rosa Mitchell is a Melbourne food legend for good reason. Rosa's Canteen is a spectacular place to enjoy sensational Sicilian cuisine, simple but perfect, made from scratch with the best ethical produce Victoria has to offer. You'll feel very spoiled by the attentive and knowledgeable service provided by the wonderfully warm staff. Not to mention the gorgeous, considered setting, which creates an inviting atmosphere you won't want to leave anytime soon. We'll be back!

dined on Mon, 21 Oct 2019

We were so disappointed in the food. Not at all like her restaurant (now closed) at the other end of the CBD. Dry duck tagliatelli, no zip even with the addition of chili flakes brought to the table with the pasta.....the entre of buratta and vegetables had little flavour. The buratta was excellent but the shavings of asparagus (and there were not many) overcooked, and the peas and other veg bland. Rosa is a legend, but sadly I could not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends. Much better Italian food to be found in the CBD.
Thanks for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. I always find it dissappointing when diners are critical of their meals after they finish everything on the plate that's put in front of them. Usually if there is a problem with a dish it's brought to the attention of the floor staff so we can rectify issues that were mentioned , those two dishes in particular have been well received from the majority of our guests and also it's a shame that you think Rosa is a legend but you were unhappy with what you received especially when the legend herself was actually cooking for you. Hopefully you find a BETTER Italian restuarant that suits your needs. Thanks again for coming in to try us. Regards Dave
Restaurant Rosa's Canteen responded on Tue, 22 Oct 2019

dined on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

Terrific food, terrific service, great wines and drinks. I love love love this place. I want to keep it a secret, but it is amazing and people should know. Cx

dined on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

Over visiting from the UK. We were not disappointed.
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About Rosa's Canteen

The Queen of Sicily reigns again It is our opinion that you can never have too much of a good thing. That’s why we’re super happy that Rosa Mitchell, co-owner of Sicilian restaurant Rosa’s Kitchen, has opened up another restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD. Rosa has designed a menu that features not only her signature Sicilian favourites, but dishes from all around the boot-shaped nation. Expect much loved classics like veal saltimbocca, spaghetti carbonara and sumptuous arancini balls. You can also choose a yummy banquet option if you’re coming with a large group - this could include a baby suckling pig or a whole leg of goat! You can’t go wrong at this hearty, homely Italian joint. Best Dish: Fettucine zucchini prawns



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