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Wagyu brisket, horseradish, parsley crumble, charred cos and sunflower seed puree.

About Cecconi's

Situated in a basement on Melbourne’s most famous laneway, Cecconi’s Flinders Lane is a modern day classic Italian restaurant, influenced by its heritage from the country’s north. Long a staple on the city’s dining scene, Cecconi’s offers elegant and relaxed dining at white-clothed tables under glowing pendents, while the marble topped bar boasts an extensive selection of wines and spirits. Start with antipasti like mushroom and fontina arancini and truffle mayo, or freshly shucked oysters, pickled pear and wild lime dressing; before delving into Campari-cured salmon, citrus salad, watercress and capers. Potato gnocchi, Moreton Bay bugs, zucchini pesto, pistachio and pecorino will entice pasta lovers; while pork cutlet, crispy belly, red cabbage, plum and walnut appeases the carnivore.

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CHEF PROFILE - Olimpia Bortolotto

Born: Veneto, Italy

History : For over 30 years, Melbourne's Bortolotto family - Leo, Olimpia, Anna and Maria - have created a succession of modern Italian restaurants where food, wine, service and atmosphere blend beautifully together.

Bortolotto's Café Menis, Fitzroy Street St Kilda epitomized the revolution sweeping Melbourne's food and wine world in the late 80s and 90s.

A visit to Cecconi's in London prompted Lloyd Williams to establish such a venue at Crown Casino in 1996. Two years later, he approached Olimpia to resurrect the ailing project. The grand venue on the Yarra perfectly suited the creative energy and vision of this family. Cecconi's at Crown rapidly become known around the world for its food, style and service.

In 2006, the family brought Cecconi's Cantina to Flinders Lane, the former Langton's Wine Bar.

Have you always wanted to be a Chef?

Growing up in an Italian family, food has always been a part of my life. Throughout my youth I remember watching my dad and later helping him to make the salamis for the family. From that I developed a love of cooking for family and friends which led me to open Bortolotto's Cafe Menis and as they say the rest is history.

How would you define your style? Northern Italian.

What is your feature flavour these days? Organic natural flavours, utilising local produce.

Obsessive compulsive about? Bolognese.

Your greatest culinary inspirations/influences: Noma in Copenhagen and the head chef there, Rene Redzepi

What do you love about this business?

It doesn't matter how long that you've been in this business but there is always the opportunity to develop and grow your skills and palate. It's the adrenaline that you get on a regular basis when going into service. There is also the daily opportunity to meet new people and to see the delight on their face when their meals are presented to them.

An ingredient you can't live without? Salt and quality virgin olive oil.

Most "eyebrow raising" menu item? Wasabi ice cream.

Signature Dish: Seafood linguine, an altered version of which is still available on the menu.


Location & Map

Basement, 61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD 3000 VIC - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  12:00:PM - 3:00:PM
Mon  5:45:PM - 10:30:PM
Tue  12:00:PM - 3:00:PM
Tue  5:30:PM - 11:00:PM
Wed  12:00:PM - 3:00:PM
Wed  5:30:PM - 11:00:PM
Thu  12:00:PM - 3:00:PM
Thu  5:30:PM - 11:00:PM
Fri  12:00:PM - 3:00:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 11:00:PM
Sat  5:45:PM - 11:00:PM
Sun  Closed

Groups & Functions

The glamorous and elegant Private Dining Room seats up to 30 guests. Versatile, it is the perfect venue for special family celebrations, intimate dinner parties and corporate meetings / functions. For smaller groups, the Private Dining Room can be converted into 2 x small rooms, each seating a maximum of 15 people. To create a truly memorable event, Cecconi’s Cantina is available for exclusive venue hire and can accommodate up to 120 guests. The team at Cecconi’s Cantina work closely with each client to tailor an unforgettable event and the perfect personalised menu. We warmly welcome you to make an appointment to view our venue and to discuss your Private Dining requirements

  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (3)



The BEST service I have had all year! Last Thursday night was the first time I have had the pleasure of dining at Cecconi’s Cantina, and a pleasure it certainly was! Arriving 4 hours late for a dinner reservation compliments of Qantas delays, the last of the patrons were already finishing up their remaining mouthfuls of dessert and enjoying cups of coffee by the time we arrived. Given that it was just shy of 11pm I would have more than understood if we could not be accommodated that evening; but nevertheless we were welcomed in with enthusiasm and assurance that “it’s perfectly ok”! The kitchen was already closed and had been scrubbed down by the time we arrived. This however did not prevent recommendation of a delicious Pappardelle with braised shin ragu and equally appetising Prawn risotto. While the food was excellent and my compliments must go to the chefs, the highlight of the evening was the service! Attentive, accomplished, committed, charming and genuine, all of these utterly describe the wait staff here. At no time were we made to feel rushed despite being the last people in the restaurant and not an opportunity was missed to make us feel distinctive and exclusive. Hats off to George and others (I’m sorry I did not get each of your names). A most unexpected delightful experience. Can’t wait to be back!


True Italian cuisine. Fresh, simple and extremely tasty. Yum, we'll be back!