Il Nostro Posto

4.2
30 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
A hidden jewel in the heart of Melbourne in Hardware Lane. It is where you can taste the true flavour of Sicilian dish!

Two of the signature dishes at this ristorante star seafood. The first is “Linguine al cartoccio” - a seafood ragu pasta, wrapped in baking paper and oven-baked.

This is typical Sicilian recipe using all fresh seafood, fresh tomato, chili, and once it’s ready, removed from the oven, and serve it to the guest who can then eat the steaming pasta inside.” The second signature dish at Il Nostro Posto is the “Guazzetto in Crosta”. It is a seafood stew, cooked with fresh seafood and covered with pizza dough, oven baked until it becomes a delicious seafood pie.
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Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly and service was excellent even though they were super busy. Food was divine! I felt like I was in a restaurant in Italy

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GB
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had made great lunch. The scotch fillet was delicious but a bit expensive. If it came with a small serve of chips or roast potato it would be better priced. We had to ask for some mustard and it seemed a problem. It should come automatically with a steak. Otherwise we really enjoyed it

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AS
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was great. Only problem was I booked a table outside and when I turned up they had no tables outside and had to sit down the back inside! Atmosphere in there was not great.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Was really nice! The food was excellent and would recommend going!
Prices are a tiny bit higher then a standard Italian restaurant but the quality is outstanding.
Alcohol was a little pricey but for Melbourne you’ll find that everywhere

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RC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. We had a table of ten and they easily fitted us in downstairs. Good ambience and the ability to chat!

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Owner/manager was visibily rude to his staff and was observed telling a staff member off.

I paid $25 for mussels, 3 of which were served unopened. Not impressed and will not be returning.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply great traditional high quality Italian food!

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V
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Male waitor' tone and attitude makes me feel not so unrespectful

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CD
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing little restaurant, off this very Melbourne alleyway! Definitely a must visit for good Italian food

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New Year’s Eve was fantastic, thank you!

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S
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice cosy environment with enjoyable food. The pizza was delicious! Hardware Lane is a fun place to go out, as it has a lively feel, but the restaurant itself felt more intimate.

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FF
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I used to be a regular. Went for a special birthday. Two waitresses could barely speak English, waited 30 minutes to order, so service too slow and indifferent. No longer $20 lunch specials. Asked for glasses of house sparkling wine - ended up being $15.50 per glass of presecco. No pepper in two grinders. Had to ask twice for parmesan. Therefore, whole experience spoilt - not value for money. Whereas I used to recommend all and sundry to go to Il Nostro Posto I no longer will be as I'm just so disappointed

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and perfect setting for an ambient evening with friends. The food was delicious and the choices were typically Italian.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, very friendly staff. Cant wait to go back

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LH
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The last meal I had here was very good, but this time a bit disappointing. The buffalo milk/prociutto entre was lovely, tho I would have liked more balsamic vinegar. I should have selected the House Signature dish when I saw it on the online menu, but chose the eye fillet, which came under-prepared and was mediocre. The place can get very noisy since it's small and in a very busy alley in the CBD, but hey, it's Italian, and authentically so.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic especially the HOUSE SIGNATURE DISH - SEAFOOD “GUAZZETTO DI PESCE IN CROSTA”. The seafood bisque was simply amazing! We asked for more bread so we could dip in and savour the remaining sauce till the last drop. The waiters were warm, friendly and personable. They put a candle on our poached pear dessert and sang happy birthday in Italian for my Aunt's birthday. She was over the moon! Great authentic food, ambience and service! What else could you ask for!

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GB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Four of us went for my birthday dinner......we were not disappointed👏👏 Food was fabulous, each of our dishes was unique and authentic Italian. Our waiter was a dick, but hey......food is what its all about! Would recommend🍽🍷🍴🍾🍸🍻

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BL
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The starters were cold and tasteless. The waiter was rude and impatient.

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IT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service, location and food

I wanted a steak but was still super happy with shared entrees and pasta

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MM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everybody enjoyed the food, waiter was very attentive and pleasant, food was served in a timely manner, was delicious, drinks were the required temperature for type. The only criticism is that you do not split bills, this is not only annoying but takes quite a bit of time, possibly something to consider.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The food was quite good and there was plenty of service. However the waiters were a little off hand and at times bordering on arrogant. They were perhaps a little too enthusiastic in suggesting extra courses.

Perhaps the more dampening aspect was to be told that the bill could not be split two ways. I do not recall seeing a sign to that effect.

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DD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly and attentive staff always ready to offer suggestion on food choice

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H
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Iv never done review so for me to take the time to do so, means I was impressed. .... This place made my new years eve.
I was blown away by how good the food was. After struggling to find a place for my wife and i we finally were able to book a table At what was, this random italian restaurant.
Look If you enjoy tradditinal italian cooking the way nonna does it, then this place is nothing short of amazing.

Great vibe.....Great service.......Great Food

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Dining experience. The waiters were very patient and understanding with us. The team commented that the food was great and it was definitely a 'good find'.

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great pasta! Good wine! Warm Italian guy and warm restaurant! Next time I will try more delicious food. This is the sincere review from Chinese visitors.

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A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice restaurant but the area is a bit touristy.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were very friendly, attentive and accommodating. Food was great. Atmosphere at outside laneway tables is vibrant. Music was nice too. A great night out.

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2016
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I was charged an extra 50 cents on my salad. My order was pear rocket salad but it was bland and had limited visual aesthetic. I thought I could make the salad myself. We went for a colleague's birthday. The guy took us one picture, which not everyone was looking. Extra credit card surcharge was not advised. I think overall, the service was overpriced. Never going back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We were seeking a great, authentic Italian restaurant in Melbourne for a casual dinner and booked a table of 5 at Il Nostro Posto. We arrived to find that the laneway was filled with similar restaurants and 'hawkers' at every entrance trying to entice you into their restaurant. Our restaurant was around 60% full and we had a table on the second level overlooking the laneway. Any other indoor table would have been a disappointment but the large glass window made our spot acceptable. The food was solid and was of a good size and flavour. The service was pretty hit & miss - we waited a long time to order drinks, food arrived quite quickly and we had a few different people attending the table. We ended up getting up to pay the check as there was no-one in sight when we were trying to finalize the bill. The restaurant felt very touristy and was reasonable value...I would not recommend but may suit those looking for an experience that has a European piazza feel (busy outdoor seating with lots of people hassling for you to join them).

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OT
Dined on 29 October 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had the dinner with a few friends from overseas. We sat in the outdoor area with the warm sunlight between around 6.30pm-8pm. It was bright and we enjoyed it! The staff are so warm and nice from the moment you walked in. A gentleman introduced chef's special with clear explanations and hospitality. I had home made ravioli and gelato for dessert. The thick layer of tomato sauce blended well with the pastry and the cheese. I loved the gelato with dry apricot!

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