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Meet the Chef

Picture of Carmine Carannante.

Carmine Carannante

Owner and head chef Carmine Carannante was born and grew up in Nalpes, Italy, his passion for the culinary arts saw him travel to London where he worked for some of the top restaurants and chefs including Harvey Nichols, The Cavendish hotel and Zaneda bar. it was there, whilst he was working in London, that he met his wife and together they moved to Melbourne in 2006 and opened their first restaurant, named after the affectionate Neapoloitan nickname they gave their son - Scugnizzo.

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608 reviews
Value for money

dined on Wed, 4 Sep 2019

This was a gorgeous reasturant with excellent service. We arrive very early for dinner and were looked after the whole evening. The food was delicious, (they were accommodating to vegetarian options) and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. I will be returning.
Helen Kolawole

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

Thank you Scugnizzo for a lovely meal. We found you on google maps and were very please to have found a lovely Italian restaurant to visit in the city. We will definitely be returning. Highly recommended.

dined on Fri, 26 Jul 2019

Nice cosy & warm on a rainy winters night.

dined on Fri, 5 Jul 2019

Nice atmosphere

dined on Sat, 29 Jun 2019

I believe this is the best Italian restaurant in Melbourne!

dined on Fri, 31 May 2019

Delicious lunch and great service. Thanks!!

dined on Thu, 30 May 2019

Good good good good

dined on Thu, 23 May 2019

One of our best dining experiences. Excellent service, reasonable prices and the best flavoured food we had had for a long time. Highly recommended.

dined on Fri, 17 May 2019

Authentic Italian tastes, nice food
Tim Ambrose

dined on Sat, 11 May 2019

Wine was expensive
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About Scugnizzo

Italian Done Right Tucked down Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD, Scugnizzo is the type of restaurant you’ll be recommending to friends. It’s quiet enough for good conversation, whether it’s a lunch with business colleagues, dinner with girlfriends or a first date. Scugnizzo is sophisticated Italian fare with homemade charm, the type of food that can please everyone at the table. The risotto and ravioli are worth taking note of, as is the gnocchi. And to top it off, the presentation here is top-notch, too. Scugnizzo represents owner Carmine Carannante’s childhood in Naples and experience as a chef in Italy and London. With this Melbourne CBD restaurant, Carmine brings the vivid colours of Southern Italy to Melbourne while paying tribute to the many restaurants he’s worked for, including his time as head chef at Caffe e Cucina. When you head to Scugnizzo, you’re likely to see Carmine roaming the dining room and chatting with patrons. After all, that personal touch is what this warm, inviting Italian eatery is all about. Best dish: gnocchi



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