Mazzitelli calamari

If a cafe or restaurant’s clientele is particularly loyal, you know you’re onto a good thing. In the case of Mazzitelli, rumour has it that one loyal patron makes the pilgrimage daily from her home in Sunshine – that’s when we decided to find out what all the fuss was about.

After several sittings and purchases including coffees, as well as breakfast and dinner we too have joined the Mazzitelli club of loyal fans, and we’re not talking about Facebook.

During the day it’s where you can count on incredibly cheap take away coffee (from $2), plus tasty take away treats like croissants, mini bacon and egg rolls, wood fired Porchetta panini (from 11am) and the kind of pre-prepared sandwiches that don’t attract flies.

At night however, “is when the magic happens” as David Attenborough might say. Mazzitelli transforms into the kind of restaurant you might stroll past in Italy – dimly lit, romantic and classy serving unassuming authentic Italian dishes that will revive your tastebuds. The specials last for several weeks and there are some we wish they would make permanent fixtures, like the scallop and cauliflower risotto or the baked figs melting with goats cheese and vin cotto. Everything is fresh and tastes flavoursome like the veal schnitzel with coleslaw and raisins or the calamari dusted in semolina.

Mazzitelli scallop and cauliflower risotto

The service is impressive too, particularly at night when it seems their A-team work the floor – all charming and professional. Whether you’re looking for atmosphere, something romantic, consistently ‘real’ Italian food or some solid takeaway treats and coffee during the day, there’s one place that can do it, Mazzitelli on Bridge Road.

JC x


Trading hrs: Sunday – Tuesday 9am – 4pm, Wednesday – Saturday 9am until midnight.

Menu link: Cafe, and Dinner.

Address: 144 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Ph: 9427 1887


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Coffee: Allpress. $2 for a regular take away and $3 for a large take away. Soy is an extra 50c.

Take away: Available for coffees and where possible the Tiramisu, not to mention sweets and snacks like their great range of panini and piadini.

Must try: Their specials, tiramisu and pastas – the steak sandwich also comes highly recommended.

Notes: Aperitivo from 5-7pm Wednesday – Saturday with house wine, Prosecco and Peroni for $5 and antipasti from $10. The staff at night are particularly on the ball, and even the coffee is exceptionally better (you’ve never seen so many people buying take away coffees at night than this place). Servings are sizeable, including side dishes, so make sure you share!
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Please note that prices, menu items, management or trading hours may have varied since time of review. Our thoughts and opinions are based on our experience only.