Located in the heart of South Yarra, Ecco il Ristorante 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.
The dining areas and ambience at Ecco il Ristorante cater for all seasons. Relax with the cosy atmosphere of our open fire in Winter or enjoy the warm glow of alfresco dining in Summer. Our upstairs dining rooms also offer a choice of settings to suit your private function or special occasion. We invite you to join us and experience classic Italian dining at its best. Here it's easy feel like you’re living la dolce vita in Rome or enjoying a perfect Summer on the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Come and share in our passion for food and family today.
Italy at the Table - Local Flavors and Flavors
Each region of Italy preserves its gastronomic treasures, starting with pasta. At our restaurant you can taste an excellent fresh pasta. The gnocchi, ravioli and lasagna are prepared strictly by hand! Take a look at our delicious appetizers, main courses of meat and fish, the many flavors of our wood fired pizzas and the list of our in-house desserts.
Eager to experience a taste of Italy? Italy creates wine with passion, quality and the country’s historical roots in mind. However, the only way to truly understand the craftsmanship is to taste the wine itself. At Ecco Restaurant you can taste wines from the many Italian regions such as Tuscany and Abruzzo.
"Sharing is caring...Pastas and Pizza" or "the Greatest Hits sharing menu".
Where to Eat Italian Food
Choose the welcome and familiarity of our restaurant
The atmosphere that reigns from Ecco Restaurant is cozy and comfortable. Here you can discover that unexpected family atmosphere that makes you want to sit down and spend an evening in the company of an excellent cuisine. The interiors are spacious and well cared for, ideal for any type of event: a family lunch, a dinner with friends or a special event where you can invite your loved ones. Should you love the rustic and traditional style of the typical Italian restaurants, we invite you to have lunch or dinner in our characteristic outdoor courtyard. Here you can discover that unexpected family atmosphere that makes you want to sit down and spend an evening in the company of excellent cuisine.
You find us at 97 Toorak Road, South Yarra
A 3 minute walk along Toorak road from South Yarra railway station or an 8 minute walk from Chapel Street - Melbourne's Iconic shopping, dining and entertainment precinct. Tram stop 126 (Route 58) Myrtle St/Toorak Rd, South Yarra. Council car parking available nearby off either Murphy Street or Powell Street.
A Traditional Italian Restaurant
The rewarding reviews of our guests
If you do not know where to eat in Melbourne and you're looking for a restaurant that celebrates good Italian food in all its facets, then you're in the right place. To learn more about our peculiarities, read the reviews of those who have preferred us.
"It's a great little neighborhood Italian restaurant: friendly, bustling, wonderful food (including a gluten-free pizza!) and wines.
The waiter was terrific and we enjoyed chatting about the food selection and Melbourne life. If we had had more time, I would have gone back again...We really enjoyed a dinner here. A Melbourne Favorite.”
- Jeffrey C -
"We celebrated our wedding anniversary. Very nice small restaurant with Italian atmosphere and nice background music.
We hade meat plate and polenta chips for entree and gnocchi and mushrooms & duck risotto for main. For desert we had tiramisu, panacotta and sweet pie with ice cream. Dishes were delicious."
- Daniel G -
"My husband and me went to this restaurant yesterday. It was the most delicious food I had in Melbourne!
The music, pictures on the wall and staff... everything is in the spirit of Mediterranean culture. Food is delicious, restaurant is neat and clean and staff is kind, cheerful and polite. Great Italian spirit!"
- Adela K -
"A truly Italian dining experience. Great selection of entrees, mains and desserts and terrific wood fired pizza.
We'd definitely come here again. Ecco has a lovely homely feel to it, very unpretentious, cosy and comfortable, you certainly feel like your eating somewhere nice. Good value meal for the quality of produce."
- Elvira N -
"This restaurant has a genuine and authentic Tuscan feel to it. The staff are very friendly, attentive and polite.
The wine list is reasonably good. The menu is authentic Italian. We loved it and the price wasn't too high although it certainly isn't an inexpensive place. Overall, this was a good evening well spent."
- Cristian -
"We went here for a relaxed birthday get- together. The staff were very warm and welcoming.
They were also attentive and had a good knowledge of the menu. The staff made sure we had a good night out. The food was good but nothing to write home about. Good place to meet & eat with the family."
- Dries -
"We have been here twice and each time have booked a large table for a group in the back terrace courtyard.
It is such a lovely space to celebrate an occasion. The service was great and each dish was scrumptious. Another time I had the stuffed chicken and it was beautiful. Those who had the fish and lamb also raved."
- Luana -
"Dropped in to Ecco on a Friday night without a booking. This as one of our best meals in Melbourne.
Great pizza- delicate toppings and outstanding bases- excellent risotto and superb dessert. Would also recommend the Italian wines on the wine list. Excellent prices and service."
- Serena -
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