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.
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.
I hadn't been here for years but had nice memories of the place and food.
I enjoyed the meal though I thought the portions a little miserly.
We had our wedding anniversary dinner here and enjoyed the great food and atmosphere. The waiters were very nice and experienced as well. It was a bit loud but it was ok.
Delightful playful dishes in an intimate atmosphere. The food speaks for itself! The wine list is beautifully curated and explained by their knowledgeable sommelier. The spaghettini was delicious, dory was yum and the panacotta was a refreshing and light dessert! My girlfriends and I had a great feast with awesome service. Recommend!
Zia Rina's was an amazing eating experience where it was all about the food. One of the best food experiences I have had in a long time
We are regulars at Rinas and we very much like it all
It was a lovely place, and the service and food were lovely at the time.. However my partner and i both got sick when we got home that night... and we ate the exact same food.
The food was thoughtful,and of good quality. The service was excellent. You were able to have a conversation the restaurant was not noisey. Gordonh 15th October2018
We paid $60 a head and let them make the selections. And the dishes just kept coming! For fine dining I thought it was excellent value.
Beautiful spread of antipasti, pumpkin arancini balls, vegetarian risotto, pork fennel sausage pasta, quail and exceptionally tasty cannolis for desert. Wine list had a terrific selection. The quail and fennel sausage pasta were my favourites. Can’t wait to go back!
We had such a wonderful time ! It’s quite loud so I recommend that those who don’t enjoy a loud and lively atmosphere perhaps not visit for dinner . . However if you enjoy great food and ambiance, this is a great place for dinner with friends/for a date !
great intimate atmosphere, lovely service, amazing food but the portions were pretty small considered the price
It's an Italian restaurant with a Japanese Asian twist on the food - I don't think these two cuisines should ever be mixed..........
We have dined here before but something has gone wrong in the kitchen.. spaghetti with crab chili and tomatoes had no tomato’s and the fish served was on a green slurry.
I don’t think the menu is working well and we had great hopes for this to be a great local .. but it needs to fit more the Italian style..
$26 for Nonna's Ravioli (ricotta) was over the top for a neighbourhood restaurant. It was an entree size, not main as I expected; five pieces of standard size ravioli (2-3 cm wide) so over $5 a piece. When I complained I was told that it was made with duck eggs and hand rolled, though this isn't mentioned on the menu. (I don't care if it was rolled in gold dust). I also complained my wine glass was removed after two glasses and I wasn't asked if I wanted a refill. Apology was insincere, and nothing was taken from the bill - in fact I was charged for 3 glasses of wine as I later noted. Its a shame as we live locally and have enjoyed the last few times we dined there.
Great food and service but noise level was unbearable
Loving anything Italian anyways..my friend had been wanting to take me here. Zia Rina is the cutest cucina. The authentic food did not disappoint..the ambience beautiful and the service outstanding without that stuffy feel. Every dish that came out of the kitchen was fabulous Italian food but my god their fresh ricotta cannolis for desert delizioso. Cant wait to visit and dine here again. Thank you Danny, Adrian for keeping this cutest cucina open and your fabulous staff .
Lovely food and good service but the front room was quite cold compared to the cosy warm back room, (we were sitting near a window) maybe it needed to be curtained for warmth. We will be back!
We love Zia Rina & are very pleased that they’ve reopened in a similar vein to the original. Lovely home style Italian cooking & cozy environment.
The food and service was exceptional. Amazing value for money. We both had the mangiare option which was great for sharing and absolutely delicious at only $60 per person. We shared 5 antipasti plates, a pasta course, a main course and a dessert. As I am a very light drinker, I really appreciated that wines by the glass are offered in a ‘piccolo’ version. More than enough for me and those who enjoy wine more than I do can order by the regular glass or by the bottle. I highly recommend this cosy, well run restaurant which stands out for offering generous and authentic, yet creative food.
The food was absolutely divine and exquisitely made. Tasty, comforting yet wholesome, the dishes are made with local ingredients. The whole menu is creative and playful without losing authenticity in delivering delicious Italian food. Superb wine list, great staff and a ambience I would highly recommend.
We have been past customers at this beautiful neighbourhood restaurant for several years and were so so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Rina, last December. We were so happy to see that the restaurant reopened and wanted to come and try it out and support the new owners. We were very happy with our dinner celebrating 2 birthdays at the table. It had warm and welcoming atmosphere and we had great recommendations from the waiter as to what was best to order. We shared antipasto platters and pastas and then mains. The Pappadelle Ragu and the Braised Duck Rissotto were outstanding, followed by the Trout and lamb as mains, which were delicate with complex flavours. We had a beautiful dining experience and will definitely be going back.
What a find! Absolutely delicious food!! The food was authentic, home style regional Italian with some great added modern touches. The pasta was fresh and all home made on site (as was all the menu). The menu is small but done well. I can recommend the "Mangiara". At $60pp, it is a sampling of many dishes. The food just kept on coming. And the home made cannoli are some of the best I've tried (and I've tried many).
great service and food. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. intimate dining area
It was cosy, food was great and the wine was delicious! We will definitely come back.
What a delightful spot, exceptional food, ambience and staff...couldn’t have asked for a better night and looking forward to making this our little local.
Enjoyed a lovely dinner at Zia Rina's Cucina. A cosy spot with wonderful food and wine. The dessert (chocolate affogato was particularly memorable and it was large enough to share between 2 people). Service was great with very helpful staff providing suggestions. Highly recommended - I will definitely return!
Fabulous night in this little gem... Food was outstanding.. Nice small wine list.. Friendly service.. Worth a visit...
The food and service was amazing. The Ragu was the best we have ever had and the wine recommendations could not have been more on point!
We found out that the chef, Danny, had only taken over the restaurant a few days earlier and was still working out the bugs. The food was excellent but front of house certainly needs some work with the service and attention from the staff very poor.
We will definitely eat there again for the food and are looking forward to a better service experience.
Great to see this restaurant back again under new management. The food was fantastic as usual and the service excellent.