Zia Rina's Cucina
Utilising farm fresh produce and classic techniques, Danny Natoli (ex Neptune Food & Wine) and Adrian Li (ex Saigon Sally) bring a vibrant energy to the space.
Rina's features a small and punchy wine list with southern Italian focus that will surely have you coming back for more.
The food was ok as far as presentation and quantity went, but lacked flavour. One wonders if the chefs taste their food at all. The service was poor. The wine menu was provided as soon as we arrived, but it took half an hour to have the food menu presented. One can only assume they make much more profit out of the wine, rather than the food. Even after ordering the food, it took quite some time to be served. Definitely needs to improve if it wants to get its patrons returning.
Feel bad writing this but we all felt we would never go back there!!! The food, ambience, and the service was excellent but the noise level was something else!!! Restaurants are quite noisy but this was absolutely unbearable!! One of my friends said she felt she had been assaulted!! Truly I am not exaggerating!! So sorry no returns from us!!$
What a great surprise to find such a high quality local restaurant , we will definitely be returning
Had a very disappointing dinner experience and will not be going back.
Previous visit some 12 months prior was fantastic !
Food was served cold and returned, and some dishes were just very ordinary .
My partner and I enjoy the scrumptious homemade food! The staff was great too :) definitely will be back
An excellent restaurant - great service and food. Lovely environment for a night out
It is quickly becoming our favourite place for a night out or celebration. The food, service and wine selection are phenomenal. I reckon they are one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets.
The restaurant was cold, the service was very slow, the arancini balls were too hard and lacked flavour, and we had to ask for bread for the table, and the noise level was very high. The main courses were good - maccaroni, and roast lamb.
Service, quality of ingredients, dishes, wine are all superb.
We went to Rina’s on Wednesday night. It was cold outside but the atmosphere inside was warm and cosy. The staff were a good mix of professional and friendly. We could have easily ordered dishes from the menu but decided on the chef’s selection which were lovely surprises covering anti pasta to dessert. I loved the cured kingfish, but the arancine, salad with fennel, the pasta and cannoli were also delicious. The sommelier suggested Rucoletto to finish our meal. We hadn’t had it before and it was good to try something new. I’d recommend eating at Rina’s but advise booking in advance as it was a full house the night we went.
A quaint little establishment that provides, although limited, delightfully tasty and quality food.
First visit, but certainly not our last. I can see why this the trusty local!
Loved having dinner there - was intimate, delicious, fun and authentic
Food and wine was really good and a great place to catch up with friends or family where you can hear them.
Delicious food with an excellent wine list. Becoming a regular haunt.
Excellent local Italian restaurant.Not a big restaurant so you should book to avoid disappointment
Compact menu but nevertheless enough choice to satisfy most.Dishes that are served are of a very high standard.
Owners are young and enthusiastic and are hands-on.
A bonus is byo wine but there is also a good selection of wines on the restaurant wine list.
An excellent imaginative Sicilian meal with matching wines and friendly and informative service.
Our first time at Zia Rina’s Cucina... food service everything was amazing. Thank you!!
Very good food, mostly authentic Italian but with some mod-Oz touches. Good service, with a very enthusiastic sommelier. Wine prices not outrageous.
Hard surfaces everywhere so the noise level got bothersome as the evening wore on.
Overall, good value and we will be back.
We absolutely love Zia Rina’s Cucina and were excited to dine there for the first time since they reopened. The food is delicious, we especially enjoyed the mussels, the staff are wonderful and it is a charming space to share a memorable meal. Highly recommend!
We thought Zia Rina's looked pretty good from the outset, so we decided to go ahead and have a dinner their with former colleagues visiting from Sydney. We were keen to impress. Zia Rina's exceeded all expectations: the high-quality, delicious food, the service, the knowledge of where the food and wine came from, and the look and feel of the place. We (including our guests) are definitely coming back! Grazie mille!
We were 5 couples in the back room and it was all ours!
A great space for groups of this size, easy for us to enjoy ourselves without being too loud for other diners.
Food was fantastic. Everyone was very happy with the set menu as it is just easier with a large group.
One our group is Gluten Free and this was so easily dealt with.
Substitutions were made when necessary.
Really really excellent restaurant.
We were so looking forward to catching up with friends on Saturday night in this small dining room. Had heard the food was great and it was delicious.
Unfortunately our experience and evening was spoiled because we were in the corner next to a table of seven or so 30 somethings who had no regard for those around them and it was almost impossible to chat with our friends.
Maybe during the week would be more pleasant.
Loved everything, the food, the wine, the service and the atmosphere
Simply magnificent. Service, food, wine was all outstanding.
what an intriguing restaurant! With a name line Zia (Aunty) Rinas you’d expect all of the standards, but nothing here is in anyway standard. Asian touches add subtle notes to several dishes. A simple aglio/olio pasta with Kanpot pepper. And the Italian dishes are superb and inventive. Carpaccio fig!! Lots of focus on seasonal fresh produce sourced from Mornington Peninsula. Great, very well informed service. I rate this amongst Melbourne’s best Italian restaurants. Go, go now.
Food was good but a lot a chilli in some dishes
The noice level was very loud. We were in the back looking at a brick wall and dirty old roof.
The waiters were very good but kitcken slow. Waited over 75 min for main.
Three friends catching up for an early dinner. There was a lovely buzz about the place with front of house staff and the chefs all talking about the food and wines for the night, Italian music playing in the background. Our meal was a wonderful mix of antipasti, homemade pastas and fresh salads and a great choice of wine by the glass poured by the knowledgeable sommelier. Great colours, tastes, textures and service. It was a hot night and the cantaloupe granita finished our meal beautifully. A very special place, we’ll be back!
Easily our favourite restaurant - great for special occasions and catch ups with friends.
Very interesting fusion of italian and asian cooking. The wine was fantastic.
Heard great reports about this place.. on arrival we were whisked through the cosy restaurant passed the kitchen to the back room to be seated gazing out a dirty window at the next door building, our expectations reduced rapidly. The real low light was the loud music. We asked twice if the music could be turned down as the four of us could not converse with each other at our table. Momentarily it was turned down but then up it went again, louder and louder. We were sitting in a small room with floor boards, two speakers pumping out loud music suited for a party, not a neighbourhood cafe that pretends to be Italian!
The food was reasonable but any enjoyment was drowned out by the music & we didn’t stay for dessert or coffee!
Returning customer - faultless!
A delightful evening, wonderful service and food. Will certainly return. Thank you
Outstanding food at a reasonable price. Couldn’t fault the service! We will return!
amazing food and service the tasting menu is amazing so so good can't wait to go back!
We let the chef select a progression of courses, incredible food, presentation and service.
Delicious food , friendly service ,the chef has a passion for making the most out of fresh produce and you can actually hear yourself talk..
Welcoming & friendly service. Relax ambience. Good pasta. Big bonus that it’s friendly to those with personal cellars with its BYO but $20 corkage seems to be at the higher end for comparable restaurants. Overall an enjoyable dining experience. Would recommend to friends.
Wonderful experience. Great food and attentive staff.
The food was amazing. We opted for the chef's selection and were not disappointed. Courses were not large but were rich and full of flavour.