Zia Rina's Cucina

4.6
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87 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Modern trattoria in the heart of Armadale serving modern home style Italian with unique and playful touches of personal heritage.

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.
What 87 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarronB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food and wine were lovely, our group all had something different and everyone love what they tried. We will be back again.

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KatieR
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my local favourite haunt! Always homely delicious food. Well worth a visit!

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Hawk23
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good local restaurant with passionate and knowledgeable owners and chefs.
The wine list is small but interesting and there is the option to byo.

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LeahK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience4

Waitress ordered me a bottle of wine not a glass, waiter sold us on a steak when it wasn’t really what we wanted. Waitress also coughed over me at one point. Not professional. The steak was chewy and tough. Pasta sauce for the Parpadelle was too sweet. Overall it was ok. I had been dying to try Zia Rina’s for a long time but I was underwhelmed.

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Pasta entrée tasty and suitably light. I had fish as main course it was delicious, moist and flavoursome. Opted for ice cream for desert which was very ordinary should have chosen cannoli desert. Service was pleasant. Bit noisy but venue was nicely casual

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HelenE
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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SuziH
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Happy
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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Whydoweneedanickname
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great waiters and great food.
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DavidM
Denver
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and restaurant was private and quaint.

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JanelleG
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

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PeterF
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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CherylS
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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DamianPietro
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always.

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CatB
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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SophieG
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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!

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skipper
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food sublime .
Care of BYO wine , provision of glassware excellent .
Lovely hosts .
Worth every cent & more .

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JonH
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute cracker of a restaurant! We love it there, the atmosphere, the food, and the wine! I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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MaxM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

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.

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience4

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!!$

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KerryD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a great surprise to find such a high quality local restaurant , we will definitely be returning

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Yvonne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

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 .

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Meary
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I enjoy the scrumptious homemade food! The staff was great too :) definitely will be back

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NickH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent restaurant - great service and food. Lovely environment for a night out

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KatC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

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.

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KirstyM
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, quality of ingredients, dishes, wine are all superb.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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TimothyW
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A quaint little establishment that provides, although limited, delightfully tasty and quality food.

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VanessaT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First visit, but certainly not our last. I can see why this the trusty local!

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DanaB
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved having dinner there - was intimate, delicious, fun and authentic

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vipGootEater
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and wine was really good and a great place to catch up with friends or family where you can hear them.

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AndrewR
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food with an excellent wine list. Becoming a regular haunt.

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Hawk23
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

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.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent imaginative Sicilian meal with matching wines and friendly and informative service.

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HayleyR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time at Zia Rina’s Cucina... food service everything was amazing. Thank you!!

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Rumpole
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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Anna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

FAQs

Zia Rina's Cucina offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0405 874 099.

Zia Rina's Cucina is rated 4.6 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.