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  • To Pellegrini's Espresso Bar

Authentic Italian food and coffee

Pellegrini's Espresso Bar has been serving dinners of Melbourne since the 1950s. If you pull up a stool expect a hearty size of pasta and lasagne. These home cooked meals are not for the faint hearted. The authentic Italian food is unpretentious. If you are attending the theatre or a show then Pellegrini's is conveniently located for you. If it is great coffee or a hearty meal you're looking for then Pellegrini's can satisfy.  

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Coffee? Italians do it better. Pellegrini?s has been doing it for over 50 years. Peek out back for a glimpse of what?s simmering on the stove for lunch, just maybe minestrone...

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  • Occommant   5 reviews
    Good traditional hearty Italian food without any fancy pretences. Great for a quick, but fulfilling bite.

    2 months ago - 02/06/2014

  • starwoman8 Local Star   711 reviews
    I went in for a coffee, wound up having dinner seduced by all the good smells. Pellegrini's is an icon in Melbourne and service is prompt. It's busy and not a fussy/fancy place. Great place for lunch or dinner or a quick coffee. The granita reminds me of when I was a kid! :)
  • Amanda Cassar Local Star   768 reviews
    Truly authentic Italian, great feed, good atmosphere. Close to everything and an absolute Melbourne institution.
  • trompfy Local Star   407 reviews
    I have been there once with Paula I enjoyed having the Entree Spaghetti Carbonara since it is devine and the staff are very nice to me.
  • Hendrik AR   8 reviews
    Initially, I wanted to eat something sweet, but the cakes on display looked way too scary for me. I ended up ordering a Lasagna which obviously was the wrong choice.

    It was served as a indistinguishable mesh with cheap Parmesan on top. The pasta was soggy and the sauce void of any herbs or spices. I can prepare a better lasagna at home where I don't have to endure the atmosphere of this smelly place.
    I also had some melon drink, but that was nothing to write home about.
  • Mirajam   5 reviews
    Real Coffee served by real (and friendly) people. Tasty and reliably good food. Great for a quick bite, without the nonsense associated with other foodie establishments :)
  • jasonealey   45 reviews
    Every foodie in Melbourne comes to Pellegrini's at least once in their lifetime. Its really all about the history and the atmosphere. Sure , the food is good and the staff are rude. Its supposed to be like that but the star is the place itself. It hasn't changed for years. Its a rare piece of Melbourne old school and I love it. Make sure you have the lasagne and the fruit drink and ask to sit in the kitchen ( they might let you - its where those in the know go)
  • Ophelia Local Star   159 reviews
    You can't go past Melbourne without venturing into this fine little establishment. Family-owned, serving traditional Italian food in a family-oriented setting, you feel right at home (or in Italy!). Their granita is sensational - perfect with a plate of lasagna or spaghetti. Perfect place to dine with friends or have a quick bite to eat. Definitely top of the list!!
  • Mark Cowell   16 reviews
    cheap and cheerful- great to drop in for a hearty meal on the run, don't expect finesse, but this is a hell of a lot better than all the generic chain/franchised cafes popping up... oh and yeah it is a Melbourne institution
  • RH   16 reviews
    An institution in Melbourne, I have been eating here since I was a little girl, introduced by my uncle who is a food connoisseur, so that says a lot! I still love the granitas, service is polite and not overbearing. No table menus, the menu hangs overhead. Coffee delightful.Pasta traditional style - what more can I say?


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