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  • 130 Acland St,
    St Kilda,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9525 3333,
  • Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm

    Dinner Thu-Sun 6.30pm-8.30pm


Cicciolina has been doing its bohemian no-bookings bistro thing since 1993 so the inevitable wait for a table 20 years on (preferably over a cocktail in the horseshoe-boothed Back Bar) indicates it's still got it. The room, tended by floor staff with just the right amount of attitude, has an appealing, slightly grungy energy with its art-cluttered, whitewashed brick walls, red banquette seating, blackboards scrawled with daily specials and closely packed tables that feel intimate rather than cramped. Co-owner/chef Virginia Redmond likes big, rustic flavours, be it fried lamb brains wrapped in prosciutto and eggplant, a brilliant old-school soufflé flavoured with blue swimmer crab, cured kingfish teamed with daikon and lardo, lasagne layered with prosciutto and mushrooms, or a nostalgic 1993-era sticky date pudding. Add a smart wine list with a slight Italian bent and the constant crowd is not only logical but inevitable.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $16-$22

    M $17-$44

    D $16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings lunch only
  • Chef:
  • Virginia Redmond & Michelle Elia



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