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Di Stasio Carlton, Carlton, AU-VIC

Di Stasio Carlton

4.4
4.4
82 Reviews
$40 and under
Italian
A lockdown obsession for Rinaldo Di Stasio and Mallory Wall, Di Stasio Pizzeria is poised to open in Carlton in mid-November. The third venue for the high-profile restaurateur couple sits behind the King and Godfree complex on the corner of Lygon and Faraday streets and has glamorous echoes of their Di Stasio Citta pleasure palace in the city. Designed by architect Di Ritter of Hassell, also responsible for Citta, the pizzeria has three separate spaces inside, adorned with Reko Rennie artwork and Shaun Gladwell sculptures, and a courtyard bar centred around a fountain imported from the Roman countryside. Chef Federico Congiu, who has worked with Di Stasio for five years, is making his own jersey milk mozzarella fiore di latte for the pizzas. Congiu has sourced five growers around the Yarra Valley to grow and preserve San Marzano tomatoes for pizza toppings and is having special durum wheat flour milled in Tamworth.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9070 1110

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Join us for Christmas lunch on the 25th Dec $340pp

    A$340.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Join us for Christmas lunch on the 25th December at Di Stasio Carlton from midday. Five course Italian menu priced at $340 per person All beverage priced on consumption.

What 82 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Inner City North

    Great for Lunch

  • Inner City North

    Outdoor Dining

  • Inner City North

    Italian

  • Inner City North

    Most Booked

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  1. HH

    HenriettaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic waiter who was very helpful with our questions about the menu. The food was absolutely delicious! Would be great if there were a few options for kids though. Overall an amazing dinner, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Thanks for a great experience!
  2. MF

    MelbourneFoodie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Disappointing, poor wine recommendations only if you are interested in $150+ bottles. Were super push to get us to order our meals quickly. Very tight space/table allocation. Compared to other Di Stasio restaurants, just didn't hit the mark for us unfortunately. Also, 20% surcharge on Sundays for groups more then 5x ppl is heavy.
  3. AD

    AnaD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I was very much looking forward to eating at Di Stasio Carlton, having eaten at his St Kilda venue a few times in the past and always impressed with the food and service I came last Saturday to have a small celebratory birthday lunch with my friend. We both ordered the pork Milanese which was quite tough and under cooked - blueish and purple in color on the side of my steak which I did not completely finish naturally At a cost of around $45 for this dish with nothing else on my plate, I thought this was excessive as well as unsafe to eat We then had to order a separate side salad to eat with our pork - $13 for a few small mixed garden salad leaves - again, with no other vegetables added, i.e. perhaps a few olives or tomatoes would have been welcome The door waiter brought a bottle of mineral water to our table which he presumed we had ordered, which we did not, and which we did not accept We were then left alone for the rest of our meal. My friend had to get up herself to get a jug of water located at a nearby table for us to pour ourselves, while 2 - 3 waiters were standing at the bar talking amongst themselves and Im sure could quite clearly see that we had to serve ourselves. We didnt bother with any dessert or coffees and then left. I felt bad that my friend had to pay for this meal (being her usual gracious self after 45 years of friendship) and simply dismissed it as just one of those unfortunate incidences. Would I recommend or come back to Di Stasio Carlton - I sincerely wish I could say yes, but Im afraid my answer on this occasion would have to be no.
  4. CM

    CharleneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about the authentic experience. The setting inside and out. Pizza to die for & incredible food, great cocktails & a gorgeous waiter from Umbria. Such a memorable time celebrating and feeling so spoilt. Ever so chique, from start to finish. Brava Di Stasio Carlton. You got it so right!
  5. TP

    TonyP

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Awesome food Very accommodating to our change of booking time All the staff were extremely polite and knowledgeable
  6. R

    Robyn

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great.Best pizzas ever
  7. K

    Kspaar

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We loved sitting in the outside courtyard. It is a beautiful space and feels authentically Italian. Our waitress was also lovely with a strong Italian accent which added to the whole ambience. We enjoyed a lovely variety of food and will be back again soon.
  8. PM

    PiaM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful lunch and the service was exceptional, thank you
  9. LR

    LizR

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our teenage grandson with us. He loved everything about the restaurant, and we enjoyed taking him along. The minor irritation of a rising noise level as the afternoon wore on was well outweighed by the beautiful food and lovely service.
  10. CS

    ChristineS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Too loud, too expensive and indifferent service. Good pizza.
  11. CT

    CarolineT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Attended for the first time for an early family dinner - seated at the back and only one other table was full and it was really noisy. The food was quite nice but nothing special and it was really overpriced. The service was however excellent
  12. t

    thefashionarchive

    Victoria

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance, wonderful service , we had a fabulous time with friends x
  13. MS

    MayS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great experience would definitely come back. Hopefully next time its not raining so we can dine in the courtyard
  14. A

    Al92

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    A friend and I dined after a long time of wanting to go and much hype. Ultimately we were left pretty disappointed. We were squashed in right by the entrance to a tiny table with no space. Our wait staff were rude and would repeatedly start walking away before we were done talking to them. There was no information provided about how to order or any of the food offered. We ordered a salad which never came, which meant my friend who ordered the $40+ steak had nothing to eat this with. The food was alright but unmentionable. I think the prices reflect the recent renovations and paying off the artwork. The experience would’ve been better if the waiters had some personality. Sitting outside would probably also be nicer.
  15. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The pasta was very very poor, Maybe the pizza is good, it looked ok, but the meals we got were just not up to scratch, it was kind of embarrassing. My carbonara tasted like it has cheese whiz on it and the pomodori tasted like Chinese noodles … won’t be returning
  16. J

    John

    Singapore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and surrounds with attentive staff. Thanks
  17. TM

    TonyM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Service was amazing, food however…. The carbonara looked and tasted like burnt mac and cheese. The spaghetti was a sludge that stuck together. Portions were so small. We left after 20 minutes because we had eaten everything. After two ‘main courses’ we went to a nearby restaurant and still had room for another two pastas
  18. GG

    GeorgiaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was lovely but dishes were quite small and very expensive. I’ve had better Italian food for less. Would recommend to my richer friends.
  19. AS

    AnaS

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyable experience. Food is outstanding. Our oysters were the best we’ve had this year and we eat a lot of oysters! Boys rated the pizzas very highly. Service was very attentive and spot on. Will be back.
  20. J

    Jboy1811

    Brisbane

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I didn’t know what to expect at the beginning as it looked like a casual pizzeria first. But, the food was more than satisfying, and it was beyond my expectations. Everyone was very friendly, and there was no racial discrimination. The food I had was special duck ragué pasta, and the meat was so tender, flavoursome, and some black pepper lifted my palate all the way through. So delicious! The dessert was ricotta and pistachio zucotto, and it was very light & fluffy. It wasn’t too sweet. Their selection of Pinot Grigio white wine was an excellent match with my meal. The price wise, yes, it was very expensive. It was worth spending on quality food & drink for my luxurious getaway. Highly recommend it.
  21. A

    Alexandra

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Too overpriced. Too noisy Couldn’t even get a spaghetti bolognaise Pizza okay Menu in Italian. Couldn’t understand and when asked waiter couldn’t hear him due to noise level.
  22. J

    Jodi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Food was limited and pretty average for Italian. Was expensive too - $15 for water, $45 for large pasta Too many people packed in so restaurant very loud and some of us were squashed into our table which also made for an obstacle course around sticking out chairs to get out of the restaurant.
  23. L

    Lucy

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Great food but expensive especially the sides Watch out they charge 10 % service automatically then ask do you want to give a tip before you know it you've given a $100 tip which I hope goes to wait staff
  24. AC

    AnnaC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food , delicious as always. Excellent martini.
  25. AL

    AnneL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We shared spatchcock wrapped in prosciutto (which was absolutely delicious) with a green salad and then a chocolate mousse. Unless you are a very big eater then sharing is the way to go.
  26. LT

    LuanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing. Would definitely come back to this restaurant
  27. V

    Vicki

    Tasmania

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food Fabulous service
  28. BG

    BobbyG

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd visit. First was so epic we couldn't wait to come back and bring friends. VERY busy Sunday lunch. Engaging Italian waitress with mellifluous accent so profound as I couldn't tell if she was sharing specials, telling us to HTFU and order drinks, or complimenting our amazing attire. Who knows? Forgot my hearing aids and my 32 weeks straight of Italian Duolingo Language online went out the window. BEST pizza, BEST chocolate mouse, and from Andrea at the door to the last vestiges of coffee it was an immersive escape from Melbourne. No, it's not a 10 course degustation amuse-bouche thing which isn't us anyway, it's epic comfort food done AMAZINGLY and in a groovy theatrical setting but which is also warm and intimate. There were three birthday cakes happening in our room and loud celebrations but Libras are good people so we endured their happiness, though they didn't share their cake.... Our friends loved it, we can't wait till warm weather (which will never happen in Melbourne it seems) to sit out in the garden and dine. What a top spot. Nope, they didn't pay me for this review. And no, it's not cheap on any level but the EXPERIENCE and FOOD make you forget the somewhat high end of Carlton pricing. At the end of the day, it's worth it and you can't get this at a discount Italian joint.
  29. BD

    BarbaraD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Beautiful food very overpriced 10 percent surcharge on a Sunday not on drinks very pricey my food was not hot .have told friends lovely restaurant but overpriced .
  30. DK

    DemiK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Let me start that I have been previously and everything was amazing. I booked for my sons birthday - starting from the dirty martini that wasn’t anything close to what they’ve served before. To then find a piece of paper in the lasagna-and I mean a whole sheet! It continued with every pasta dish having that much salt, the seafood pasta was so over cooked it was just mush. I wanted my son to experience the normally beautiful soft serve ice cream which had chunks on salt on it-through to the affogatto with no alcohol of $21 for a short black and the same soft serve ice cream with salt-not a great coffee!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience! As hospitality workers we were blown away about how incredible the service, food and ambience were! Will be back again!
  32. JK

    JenniferK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    VERY disappointing Food was very expensive as was the drinks menu Carbonara -roughly eight small undercooked tubes of pasta served with overcooked bacon Friend had the more expensive mains with perhaps twelve small tubes of pasta for something like $45.00 Won’t be going back Such a pity as the restaurant itself is very stylish & the outdoor area a wonderful fantasy setting
  33. SU

    SueU

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite place - great vibe - service is always perfect & food never disappoints …I always pretend I’m in Rome and embrace the fabulous atmosphere … esp love past,pizza & wood fired food .. cabbage to die for !
  34. AG

    AnthonyG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Overpriced , 10% surcharge on 5 people? What a joke, also $60 for 180g of portahouse i dont see that lasting very long for customer satisfaction
  35. AF

    AmberFJK

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making my birthday celebrations wonderful. Beautiful staff, food, and restaurant!
  36. AV

    AngieV

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous destination with a warm atmosphere amazing food and great selection of wines.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Waitress was practically yelling at my uncle at the end because he had issues with his overseas visa. English is his second language so she thought raising her voice would settle things. I sent an email about this horrid and racist situation and never heard back.
  38. LB

    LouiseB

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Beyond disappointed with our second visit to this restaurant. Service was appalling and in no way matched the price of the meal. Poured our own wine, asked if we wanted still or sparkling water, asked for still thinking it was tap, only to be stung with a $15 charge for water. Ignored by waitstaff, wrong size meals brought to 2 of the 3 of us. Meals taken away and not brought back until the third person had finished their pasta. Hardly an apology, other than a quick 'sorry about that I'll bring you a salad' - which did arrive looking very sad after we had finished our meal. This might be excusable - just - at a corner cafe but when the entrée size pastas are $38 each its just not good enough. And the bill - nothing complimentary just 3 entree meals charged instead of 2 entrees and 1 main size pasta = about $10 off. Really? Sadly, I cant recommend Di Stasio after this experience.
  39. Z

    Zara

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor service, had to wait 45 minute for booked table to become available
  40. RE

    RonE

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, straightforward Italian fare. No foams or tricks. No nonsense. Very classy. Very tasteful setting. Very pleasant and accommodating staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Di Stasio Carlton is rated 4.4 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Di Stasio Carlton

224 Faraday St, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carlton

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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