The Hardware Club


Ph: 03 9670 1110

43 Hardware Lane Upstairs
Melbourne, 3000 VIC
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON closed
TUE 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  5:00pm - 9:30pm
WED 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  5:00pm - 9:30pm
THU 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  5:00pm - 9:30pm
FRI 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  5:00pm - 9:30pm
SAT 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  5:00pm - 9:30pm

The Details

  • European
  • Italian

The Verdict

Looming casually over Hardware Lane is The Hardware Club, a cosy 65-seat Italian eatery from Nicola Dusi (D.O.C Pizzeria, Baby Pizza, Chin Chin) and Andrea Ceriani (+39 Pizzeria). Here, you’ll find a menu at least as cheeky, but far more charming, than the opposing restaurant spruikers of the iconic street.

Situated in what was historically a social club for hardware trade members, The Hardware Club focuses on serving up a comforting, yet contemporary, take on Italian and European cuisine. 

Diners have a full spectrum to explore, with one end featuring a delightful ricotta gnocchi, and the other showcasing a chicken neck sausage complete with the chicken’s head intact—you can also aim somewhere in the middle with the likes ossobuco ravioli or octopus Luciana with paccheri pasta.

There’s a distinct Australian and Italian bent to the drinks list, which like the menu, is a mix between familiar options along with some lesser-known offerings. For something full-bodied, a glass of Masi Campofiorin should be considered, or on the lighter side is an organic Negroamaro that’ll complement at least half of the dishes.

Image credit: Josh Robenstone