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4.7 /6 Excellent 53 Reviews


Ivanhoe Mediterranean $$$$$ +100
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About Pigro

A bar and grillhouse restaurant in the Ivanhoe East village that bridges the divide between simplicity and culinary refinement, Pigro is a family-friendly local restaurant, owned by Nicholas Anassis who comes from a 3rd generation seafood wholesaler family legacy stretching back to 1958, and headed by award-winning chef Todd Thornurn. Using only the best produce sourced from Victorian suppliers, Pigro’s menu is bursting with fresh and robust flavours, catering to a wide range of tastes. Alongside local and imported draught beers you can even grab yourself a glass of pinot grigio, or sangiovese straight from the tap!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 22:00
Pigro, Lower Heidelberg Rd 239, 3079 Ivanhoe

Further Information

Pigro’s menu starts small, as it should, with plates or highly shareable Mediterranean fare that are ideal with a drink or two drawn from Pigro’s well-stocked cellars. For Melbourne’s seafood fanatics paying a visit to this foodie oasis in Ivanhoe East, chargrilled Western Australian octopus and house smoked chinook salmon swim up against Clarence River school prawns, demonstrating the restaurant’s commitment to properly provenanced produce. Seafood does indeed dominate, as in the squid ink Italian pasta with pan-fried Moreton Bay bugs and the generous seafood platter heaped with Skull Island prawns, Hervey Bay scallops, salmon, chilli mussels, Alaskan king crab, oysters and calamari.

Deeper into Pigro’s offering, the grillhouse aspect of this prime Melbourne restaurant comes to the fore, with Gippsland grassfed beef steaks given a minimalist and eminently Mediterranean seasoning and going over on the coals. Pigro’s pizzas are perennially popular among Ivanhoe East locals looking for an authentic Italian pie, and Pigro’s kitchen along Lower Heidelberg Road comes equipped, naturally, with a traditional wood-fired oven to turn out gourmet discs like the slow-roasted lamb pizza and wood-fired chicken pizza with bacon, mozzarella, and smokey chipotle jus. A comprehensive kids menu and affordable price tags make Pigro a family-friendly favourite and the place to go for casual dining with some wow factor in Melbourne’s Ivanhoe East village.


53 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 53 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
16.07.2017 09:20

What a Gem, this place is fantastic the food was amazing and the service was great will definitely be back well done Pigro. This is now our favourite place to eat quality and service first class.

2 reviews so far 6
13.07.2017 18:29

Could not fault our food or service and our friends were very impressed. I love the atmosphere of the kitchen and how personable the chef is to both adults and children. It has become a local favourite.

1 review so far 6
12.07.2017 08:06

The food was tasty, tastes balanced. Ot was simply delicious. Kids and adults enjoyed it. We went to Pigro on a Tuesday. We didn't wait long to be served. The staff is lovely and paying attention to the customers. On the winter school holiday kids ate for free, a good deal! The restaurant is a bit expensive. And it's worth it.

1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 09:58

Pigro offers great food and service. The owners are so warm and welcoming and the prices are very reasonable. The kitchen is great to watch as well, with the plating up, being pure theatre. We love Pigro and will be bringing more of our friends here. Thank you. Alan and Libby

2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 14:39

This was our second visit to Pigro. The service was very good. Staff very friendly. We were not happy with our initial table and when we asking to change to another table it was not an issue. The food cannot be faulted and the presentation was excellent. I would have liked another type of fresh fish to be on the menu besides flounder (even though we loved the flounder.) This restaurant was recommend by a friend and we were not disappointed. We will definately be back.

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 09:49

Have had lunch here before and last nights experience didn't disappoint. Vibrant restaurant with an upbeat feel - so lucky we booked as was pretty busy. Great menu and excellent service provided all night. All meals were of high standard (taste/presentation) and couldn't really fault anything - be warned generous portions! As a dessert the 'Pigro Mess' was an inspired concoction. Wine list was a bit limited but those on offer presented a good range and quality. Will continue to include as one of the local restaurants we go out to with friends.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 20:12

We recently had dinner for four at Pigro June 2017 East Ivanhoe and all four meals were fantastic and the service was excellent. Prices in line with most very good family restaurants. Staff very friendly we did not have to wait for anything and this was our first experience eating there and will certainly go again. Rhonda

1 review so far 5
23.05.2017 15:58

We were surprised how busy the restaurant was as we had an early booking. There were a couple of large groups, which explained this. This was our second visit, and we enjoyed our meal nearly as much as the first time. The gluten free alternative to Salmon with grain salad, looked like salmon with a risotto - not a great alternative, a bit stodgy. Otherwise good food, very attentive service, and a festive atmosphere! Fascinating watching the two chefs frenetic activity!

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 11:11

Food was delicious... maybe a little salty- was drinking lots of water. I had the salmon and skin was very crispy. My husband had the scotch fillet and loved it too. Was a little disappointed with the desert - I had chocolate pudding but was very dry and more like chocolate muffin with sauce on top. Friends had the special desert but said it had too much cream & not what it was advertised as. Service was great.

1 review so far 3
18.12.2016 11:28

Pigro is an average local restaurant. Friendly inexperienced staff. The food was ok. I ordered a fillet steak which came out cold. I would Pigro another try because I believe in supporting local restaurants, but only one more try.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 09:41

We Loved the service and the amazing food They serve The best oysters we've ever had. We have now made Pigro our favorite restaurant in Ivanhoe

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 08:48

Enjoyed our Saturday night at Pigro with great food and service, we have already booked a return visit. Restaurant was very busy, a good sign.

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 11:02

The service was great and the food was simply incredible. Have to try the Pigro potatos as a side dish. Will be going back again soon.

1 review so far 5
01.09.2016 10:49

The food was great, service good and overall we had a lovely night out. A couple of small negatives - the menu selection is limited, although as per above the food we had was delicious. And the chairs are not particularly comfortable if you plan on being there for a while.

1 review so far 4
22.01.2017 10:19

The service was great but the food let this restaurant down. The prices don't match the quality of food. My husbands steak was cold and tough and one of the other pieces of steak that was over cooked and the portion size was tiny. The green vegetables were good, but the fennel salad lacked flavor. A disappointing dining experience.

1 review so far 5
28.05.2017 07:41

Great food. Plenty of choice on menu. Lovely ambience. Service a little haphazard. Would go back as the quality of food was impressive and a number of menu items appealed. Blackboard specials and will introduce pizza soon. Good range of menu items for those with children.

1 review so far 6
02.03.2017 07:15

The food was fantastic and so was the service. The restauant had a great vibe. Good selection of meals on the menu and some really nice daily specials. We certainly enjoyed the evening and will definitely be back.

1 review so far 4
19.01.2017 09:33

Atmosphere and layout of the restaurant is beautiful. The staff were lovely and very attentive. The food looked amazing - though the taste did not quite match the aesthetic. till tasted good but not quite as good as it looked, a little overpriced for the taste. Overall - still a really nice night out

1 review so far 4
30.10.2016 08:01

Pigro tries hard and the food was good - unfortunately the service wasn't aligned to the prices - which were too high given the overall experience

1 review so far 5
16.08.2016 07:58

The food was lovely but the service was a bit slow & there was no bread to mop up the lovely sauce left in the bottom of each of our dishes. A pleasant night out. We will be going back.

2 reviews so far 6
04.05.2017 08:14

Excellent food and wonderful service. The seafood share platter was so delicious and a very generous serve. I really enjoyed my lobster burger, also. A great night was had by all our party.

1 review so far 4
16.07.2017 20:15

Food was lovely however the crispy pork belly wasn't crisp. It still was nice. Also the pigro mess sweet was spoilt because the ice cream was very soft. In saying these negatives the chicken Parma roulade was amazing. Service and wine was great. Would go back. Very nice atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 2
16.07.2017 08:27

This was our 4th time at Pigro including Christmas Day and It was very disappointing. We had to return one of our main meals, which meant we were unable to eat together. Although the return meal was acceptable. We felt we should not have been charged for it.

1 review so far 4
09.02.2017 09:35

Venue was lovely and food beautifully presented. Atmosphere was too noisy (could not hear the waiter over the noise), Meals were good for 3 of 4 diners. The only person who was not asked about his food - probably wouldn't have been able to hear the waiter anyway!

1 review so far 4
24.05.2017 17:25

Food was just over seasoned. I had the linguini marinara and seafood was delicious. The calamari was beautifully cooked but over seasoned. The fried cheese was slightly over cooked. My wife had the gnocchi and it did go very well with the potato. The environment was nice.

1 review so far 6
27.10.2016 11:34

We had a fabulous time, great food, service and atmosphere. We are booked again for a larger group of 20 for our Xmas gathering. Looking forward to another great night out.

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 07:32

Beautiful food, great atmosphere and friendly staff . Have been several times with different groups and occasions (eg Father's Day, dinner with friends,, family dinner) and have never been disappointed.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 07:53

Nice family meal. Friendly and quality service. All of us enjoyed our meals. Good wine selection. Prices very reasonable too. Was our 5th visit and will be back again.

1 review so far 6
24.08.2016 08:47

Good service & good food - what more can you ask for? The chocolate torte was delicious and the wine list had lots of options by the glass.

1 review so far 5
14.09.2016 08:38

Made to feel welcome on arrival and reservation accurate. Good food menu and wine list for a suburban restaurant and quality of the food was excellent. An enjoyable experience and we'll return soon.

2 reviews so far 5
13.03.2017 15:37

Friendly, attentive staff, relaxed atmosphere but most importantly quality food. On the occasions we have dined, consistency of approach is evident. The wine list compliments the menu very well. An enjoyable dining experience.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 11:01

Great Food, good variety, very tasty and good portion sizes. Friendly wait staff. very helpful & attentive. Enjoyable evening. Will definitely return and recommend to friends .

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 19:22

Great food well priced and really friendly, professional staff. This is just what Ivanhoe East needed. For a celebration or a sneaky weekday dinner, always a treat.

1 review so far 4
22.01.2017 14:08

Great service, great good quality food, a little overpriced for what you get. Location is a funny one. Nestled in a quiet patch of Ivanhoe. Also there is an Amex surcharge you are not made aware of when you pay.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 15:56

We love the place ❤ The Food , The Wine, The service, The Decor.The ease of online booking with Quandoo. Yes, we will keep going back

1 review so far 5
29.05.2017 17:18

Food was delicious and the services was very good. The only thing that I did not like was the was the level of noise in the restaurant. It was very noisy.

1 review so far 4
21.11.2016 09:11

Food was good, although not exceptional, and the service was OK, but we were next to a large noisy table which made it hard to hear ourselves at our own table. Need to do something about the acoustics.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 13:34

Had a fantastic night for my birthday waiter was really good and food was beautiful really full of flavour best food I've had for ages

2 reviews so far 6
27.02.2017 11:50

So good, will visit again , will recommend to friends , food was ok, service was good , will go again for birthday party soon.

1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 16:26

Excellent service and food was exceptional as always. Have been here a couple of times now and am always impressed. Highly Recommend that you go!

1 review so far 4
16.05.2016 11:25

food was ok my veal was dry, my husband's steak was good and my kids seafood pasta was good. we asked for bread only to be told we can a bruschetta or garlic pizza but no bread!!

1 review so far 3
18.02.2017 15:01

On arrival the restaurant didn't have our reservation, however they were not busy so got us a table. The food was of good quality but too gourmet for my personal taste. Pricing overly high for what you receive. Service was ok, but not that attentive unless prompted. Overall 2.5.

1 review so far 5
16.09.2016 17:12

Wonderful meal but very slow service. Apparently 3 people called in sick. The portions were generous, but you shouldn't have to pay for bread in my opinion

1 review so far 5
01.06.2017 07:12

Wednesday night was steak night The best steak I've had for a long time- a scotch fillet with pepper sauce well done 👍 It was delicious

1 review so far 5
21.09.2016 15:22

I found this very easy to use and very reliable. I would definitely use this again to book a restaurant in the future. Well done

1 review so far 5
13.08.2016 19:02

Menu has lots of choice, friendly and very attentive staff, delicious food. Has a good " quick lunch" menu as well. Extensive wine list available

1 review so far 1
12.07.2017 18:22

I ordered the vegetarian arincini balls with pumpkin, feta & spinach. They gave me meat filled arincini that had peas in them & tasted bitter. I informed the waiter who checked with the chef & they said they 'ran out" of the arincini. So they decided to serve a vegetarian meat filled arincini? Disgusting! The so called "home made dips" were not very nice & tasted like Chris' dips from Coles. The "baguette" that came with them was a stale roll. The salmon I had was ok but my husband said the eye fillet steak was really chewy & gross. The manager apologied but we will never return & don't recommend this place to anyone.

1 review so far 4
12.09.2016 15:28

Nice venue, menu options on small side - wine list limited Although food was good- would like to see wood fire pizza back on menu

1 review so far 3
08.04.2017 20:17

The food was ok. Slow and inattentive service. One of our main meals and side order was forgotten about as was one of the desserts. Disappointing.

1 review so far 2
09.09.2016 14:37

Nice restaurant visually. It does miss a bit of spark, service was not great, duck was tough and definitely overpriced for what you get, would not recommend