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Ecco Restaurant

9.5/10
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97 Toorak Road, 3141 South Yarra (VIC)See map

Average price A$55

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Discover the tastiest and genuine side of Italy. Located in the heart of South Yarra, Ecco Gusto Italiano has delighted locals and regulars for decades. Our little Italian gem continues to bring the best of authentic Italian cuisine to Toorak Road - all matched with thoughtful and friendly service. The Ecco family thrives on sharing our passion for life, expressed through delicious food and wine. At Ecco, we know the secret to great Italian cooking is simplicity. It all starts with fresh, seasonal produce, becoming a true culinary delight when made with love, tradition and nonna's recipes shared over generations

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The Tuscan courtyard at Ecco Restaurant on Toorak Road in South Yarra will sweep you off your feet. Of course that's only after you swoon while ambling by the charming bar, cosy dining room and inviting wood-fired pizza oven. This down-to-earth, friendly Italian restaurant has that stay-awhile vibe that makes you want to linger over just one more glass of wine. And why not? Ecco is a friendly neighbourhood gem that's made for intimate gatherings, special occasions or just the everyday. The menu showcases classic Italian fare at its finest. Start with some bruschetta or an antipasto platter to share before moving on to the baked fish or free- range roasted chicken. The gnocchi, which is baked in the wood-fire oven with cheese and a creamy Napoli sauce, is a local fave, as is the wood-fired duck risotto. And then of course there's the pizza. It's hard to pass up as the smell of freshly baked pizza made perfectly crisp in the wood-fire oven wafts toward your table. Next time you're strolling through stylish South Yarra, pop into Ecco for a bite. It's everything Italian should be.

Restaurant menu

  • Average price A$55
  • American express Welcome
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
A$27
Home-made potato gnocchi with San Marzano tomato sauce, Fior di Latte cheese & basil
Ravioli ripieni al Vitello
A$30
Home-made ravioli filled with veal, provolone cheese and prosciutto di Parma
Pappardelle al Ragu di Agnello
A$30
Home-made tagliatelle with slow cooked lamb shoulder ragu, San Marzano tomato, sage, peas & Pecorino Romano cheese

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9.5/10
Excellent233 reviews
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  • George D.
    George D.

    July 2, 20221 review

    9/10
  • Pang W.
    Pang W.

    June 19, 20221 review

    6.5/10

    The atmosphere was great and was on the right side of being busy / active but not too busy. The food was tasty, although spinachi, calamari, as well as pasta were all too salty

  • Sandra O.
    Sandra O.

    June 11, 20226 reviews

    8.5/10

    Friendly service, tasty food.

  • Julie H.
    Julie H.

    June 5, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Amazing food and service. Will definitely be returning! Our waiter was the best, was serving all on his own, fabulous! Nice selection of wine as well

  • Katie C.
    Katie C.

    June 3, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    This restaurant was a great find, I’m really glad I booked it. The highlight though was definitely our waitress, she went above and beyond. Would recommend to anyone!

  • Katrina M.
    Katrina M.

    May 17, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    The service was exceptional, great range on the menu, the pasta was absolutely outstanding. Great restaurant, we will definitely be returning.

  • Melanie L.
    Melanie L.

    May 12, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    Good food and friendly service will be back again

  • Evanne E.

    April 30, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Daniel and his team were outstanding hosts for our table of eight. Delicious food, impeccable service and amazing cocktails. We highly recommend Ecco to locals and tourists, you won’t be disappointed!

  • David M.

    April 27, 202217 reviews

    10/10
  • Belinda L.

    April 7, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    Great food and great service. We will definitely be back!

  • David M.

    April 2, 202217 reviews

    10/10
  • Kendry H.

    April 1, 20225 reviews

    10/10
  • Priyanka Jayne G.

    March 12, 20221 review

    9/10

    The restaurant was beautiful. My partner and I ate outside in the veranda. My risotto was so yum! And the out waitress was wonderful. I highly recommend this place.

  • Emma W.

    March 9, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    Amazing food and drinks, attentive staff and good atmosphere! If you’re looking for authentic Italian, here is where you want to go! Would recommend to anyone visiting or from Melbourne.

  • Paul R.
    Paul R.

    March 4, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Delicious food, great wine and excellent service. A top notch lunch. The starters were great and the mains were fantastic. A relaxed atmosphere with attentive staff.

  • Brendan M.

    March 3, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    Perfect food and service. Would be happy to recommend to anyone. Great example of Italian food done extremely well. A must dining experience in South Yarra

  • Allen C.

    February 18, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Great little restaurant. Will go back for sure.

  • Karen L.

    February 14, 20221 review

    10/10

    Tables not too close together which added to comfortable atmosphere. Service efficient and attentive. Food was delicious.

  • Russell h.
    Russell h.

    February 6, 202210 reviews

    10/10

    Great ambiance including outside at rear. Very genuine Italian food. Excellent service. Good wine selection

  • Michael H.

    January 23, 202282 reviews

    10/10

    Authentic Italian food. My pasta with slow cooked lamb ragout was delicious.

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97 Toorak Road, 3141, South Yarra (VIC), Australia

About the restaurant

Leave It To The Italians

The Tuscan courtyard at Ecco Restaurant on Toorak Road in South Yarra will sweep you off your feet. Of course that's only after you swoon while ambling by the charming bar, cosy dining room and inviting wood-fired pizza oven. This down-to-earth, friendly Italian restaurant has that stay-awhile vibe that makes you want to linger over just one more glass of wine. And why not? Ecco is a friendly neighbourhood gem that's made for intimate gatherings, special occasions or just the everyday. The menu showcases classic Italian fare at its finest. Start with some bruschetta or an antipasto platter to share before moving on to the baked fish or free- range roasted chicken. The gnocchi, which is baked in the wood-fire oven with cheese and a creamy Napoli sauce, is a local fave, as is the wood-fired duck risotto. And then of course there's the pizza. It's hard to pass up as the smell of freshly baked pizza made perfectly crisp in the wood-fire oven wafts toward your table. Next time you're strolling through stylish South Yarra, pop into Ecco for a bite. It's everything Italian should be.

Best dish: Gnocchi baked in the wood-fire pizza oven

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