One Of Melbourne’s Most-Loved Hidden Italian Restaurant Re-Opens

By Simon Cassar
16th Apr 2021

Chef/Owner Joe Vargetto plating up dishes at Massi with the restaurant sign in the forgeround

With its doors shut since the first Victorian lockdown almost a year ago, one of the city staples for modern italian cuisine Massi has swung back into action and opened back up to diners this week.

Chef/Owner Joe Vargetto established the eatery’s notoriety for intimate Sicilian based dining at its CBD location on Little Collins street. “We are so delighted to be able to be opening our doors once again, with ongoing restrictions and the risk of more lockdowns we continued to postpone our visitors and gesture in a new wave of diners.” said Vargetto.

With new addition Chef Jason Lear, formerly of Pilu at Freshwater and Di Stasio, the kitchen team has developed a new Autumn menu of Italian classics fused with a modern flare for its re-opening. The dishes have a seasonal approach with a focus around quality produce such as the fried zucchini flowers with stracciatella, grilled peach and horseradish—and tortelloni with caramelised pumpkin, nutmeg, amaretto and aged balsamic.

Even though Massi has been shut for a while, this atmospheric little osteria hasn’t missed a beat. Although currently only open for lunch, the experience is as charming as ever.

Open Monday to Friday from 12 to 3pm you can reserve a spot now.

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