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.
It is a lovely little restaurant with simple, clean food with a touch of difference!
The chef coming out to meet our friend from his home town of Lipari was so great and we thank you for that.
Overall we will be back and I look forward to a new menu as I feel in some areas it could have some more vegetable dishes and perhaps a potato dish without being an Aussie affair!
Great work and love it! Ciao Helen and Clem.
A lovely small Italian Restaurant with excellent and attentive waiting staff. The food is delicious especially the tomato and pear salad. The wine selection was not as good as I expected so this may be the one area for improvement.
Wow. Hidden gem. We're a tough audience and the four of us believe we've found our new favorite Italian restaurant. Beautiful thoughtful menu, prepared with amazing produce and detail. Terrific sommelier and with that recommendations. Great service. We'll be back again, and again, and again.
Great waiters and great food.
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Food was amazing and restaurant was private and quaint.
Great authentic Italian food. Staff are very personable and great at making recommendations for a variety of dietary needs / kids etc. Table service a little slow at times when busy.
Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. An imitative and special restaurant with quality food and drink. Seasonal produce full of flavour and authentic Italian recipes. Wonderful experience and hope to return soon
Hidden gem offering great food in warm friendly surroundings. Honest Italian dishes served perfectly. This is not your average Italian restaurant - this really is a shining star. Staff go out of their way to make your meal memorable. Our group included a nine month old baby. Without needing to be asked he was presented with his own little bowl of pasta and cheese. That’s impressive. Intend to come back often. Five well deserved stars here.
The head chef and host made an amazing effort to provide high quality service and hospitality to our group of eight as we had reserved the private area up the back.
We were treated with amazing ambience and beautiful seasonal dishes, wine, cocktails and dessert!
I honestly would highly recommend Zia Rina's Cucina to anybody that values not just high quality fresh food but a cultural passionate experience. You need not look any further for one of Melbourne's secret gems.
Wonderful as always.
We selected the tasting menu and were delighted. Gorgeous fresh seasonal chef selections that were all delicious. The portions were good and we left contently stuffed!
Rina's is an intimate restaurant, with amazing Italian food! This was the first time my partner and I have been there, but will be back again and again! Great Italian wine list, and I highly recommend the stuffed peppers and chicken pate!
Food sublime .
Care of BYO wine , provision of glassware excellent .
Lovely hosts .
Worth every cent & more .
An absolute cracker of a restaurant! We love it there, the atmosphere, the food, and the wine! I will definitely be back!
We had a great time here. Food is so tasty, fresh and real with fantastic wine and all served by knowledgeable and interested staff. Thankyou we’ll be back.
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.