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5.3 /6 Excellent 36 Reviews

Tacco and Tosca

Middle Park Italian $$ +100
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About Tacco and Tosca

This cosy Italian trattoria-style restaurant is tucked away down Richardson Street in the leafy seaside Melbourne suburb of Middle Park, and it’s a gem worth taking the time to get to know if you, like many in the city, are in love with good, homemade Italian food. One of the highlights at Tacco & Tosca has to be their claim to have introduced Melbourne to to la puccia, a kind of pizza pocket traditional to the southern Italian region of Puglia that is filled with a variety of Mediterranean ingredients and baked in the wood oven. You have to try it.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 22:00
Tacco and Tosca, Richardson St 251, 3206 Melbourne

Further Information

Choose from a variety of puccia, from the cisternino (sausage, roasted capsicum, mixed mushrooms, smoked scamorza and mustard seed) to the vegetarian fasano (mixed grilled vegetables with mint, garlic oil and provolone), or go for Tacco & Tosca’s big range of traditional and wood-fired pizzas. It’s quick, simple comfort food like this that locals to Melbourne’s Middle Park love, but this Italian restaurant’s remit goes much further, with a range of Puglian and Tuscan dishes brought to table.

Classic Italian entrees like fresh mussels sauteed in extra virgin olive oil, white wine, parsley, garlic and chilli are a great way to start your meal at Tacco & Tosca’s intimate restaurant down Richardson Street. Further on, the menu is dotted with hints as to the premium ingredients that this Middle Park restaurant use to make each of their dishes rank among the best in Melbourne – this is true Italian dining, trattoria-style. The meat and cheese platter alone tempts with its selection of fine cured meats and cheeses served alongside truffle honey and tarallucci, but it’s the pasta dishes and generous main courses that will have you pinning Tacco & Tosca to your culinary map.

CHEF'S CHOICE

36 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 36 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 07:44

I've said it before...this place is a hidden gem, reminiscent of the family owned Italian restaurants I grew up eating at in Perth and Fremantle. Places like the Romany and The Capri, where there's as much a love for running a restaurant as there is for the food. Both of those things are on full display from the moment you walk through the door. If they have the slow cooked ragu on the menu, do yourself a favour...

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 07:13

Wonderful food and friendly hospitality. Italian cuisine at its best . Pizza and pasta quality and size was like actually being fed in Italy at someone's home. Recommend highly.

3 reviews so far 6
11.05.2017 09:58

Friendly and lively Italian restaurant. Great for family gatherings and the food is very authentic. Love going back there and trying the different dishes. Haven't got through the whole menu yet.

3 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 15:57

Food was very authentic Tuscan fare. The restaurant was busy because all tables were occupied and there were a couple of groups. A seasonal specials menu is now available and our choices from that were delicious.

1 review so far 5
02.06.2016 12:33

I booked Tacco and Tosca through Quandoo, for the first time. What led me to this is was I called the restaurant to make a reservation and no one answered the phone. There was no option to leave a message as the machine was full. I jumped online to their website and it directed to make a reservation. It was very easy and straight forward. I received an email confirmation within 15 minutes. Our reservation was in the booking diary, however there was not table for us. There were a lot of reserved tables, it was 6pm and tbls were reserved for 7.30pm. I advised them we'll be out by then. We loved our meal, the pasta was delicious, the Bruschetta flavorsome and we had to fit in dessert - profiteroles - they were delicious, lucky we shared. We look forward to going back again soon.

1 review so far 5
20.05.2017 12:26

Dined with party of seven people. Tacco and Tosca was busy but service was still good. Menu is quite large and contains (regional?) Italian dishes I have not encountered before in Melbourne/Lygon Street Italian bistros. Choice was good, and dishes our party had were excellent. Service was efficient and timely. (We are fortunate to have a quality Italian restaurant in our neighborhood: previously we always went to Lygon Street for good Italian food - we are fortunate to have T & T at home!). Not cheap but not too expensive for the quality!)

2 reviews so far 4
03.06.2017 10:25

Not as good as the experience I've had on previous occasions. The service was very slow even though they weren't that busy. We we there half a hour before anyone came near us to take our drinks order only after we kept asking. Apparently only the owner takes the orders! Overall the food was good we had the Zuppa de pesce, snapper (fish of the day) and lobster gnocchi but disappointed with the spinach and ricotta gnocchi which consisted of 4 large stodgy gnocchi, not what we expected. One of our guests told the waiter she couldn't eat it and sent more that half of it back but no one came to ask what the problem was! They also couldn't mix a drink of soda, lime & bitters. They tried 4 times but couldn't get it right!

1 review so far 6
26.10.2016 07:36

This is an authentic casalinga type experience where you can either bring your family early to enjoy if your have young kids. You will believe your nonno and nonna are in the kitchen. We arrived a little later and enjoyed a beautiful calamari entree with plate of cheese and prosciutto. Mains were delicus ranging from traditional seafood soup to pasta with lobster. Seriously great food. Hope you enjoy as much as our group of 4 did.

4 reviews so far 5
16.04.2017 08:29

We just love this Tacco and Tosca. Authentic and really good food and we love the atmosphere. It's local for us so will definitely go back and we're very happy to recommend.

1 review so far 5
24.10.2016 18:54

Deceiving from the outside, Tacco and Tosca opens up toward the back of the restaurant to reveal a casual but elegant dining room. Service was superb, thoroughly enjoyable.

1 review so far 4
05.06.2016 21:52

Tacco & Tosca is hands down the best Italian food I've had in Melbourne. It's amazing. Unfortunately, they seem to be having problems getting their workstream in order. Things don't arrive at the table at the same time, there's mixups on a pretty regular basis, you sometimes wait for an hour to get your food. Again, once it's there, it's AMAZING, but the wait can be troubling sometimes.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 11:42

Authentic and delicious Italian food, complete with great and attentive service. Bellissimo! Be sure to try one of the beautiful wood fired pizzas followed by a heavenly pasta. Amazing Nutella and strawberry pizzas for the sweet tooth and plenty of gluten free options too.

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 17:48

Great food, good selection on menu, very well presented and excellent service. All the staff are friendly and competent and we will recommended to a number of friends. Top place to enjoy a meal.

2 reviews so far 6
09.05.2016 10:06

Great atmosphere with good service very friendly staff. Great venue for group bookings & Kid friendly. Food was very good you will not be disappointed definitely going back. Well done Tacco & Tosca

1 review so far 6
16.03.2017 08:54

Wonderful greeting great food and service. Staff a lot of fun without being intrusive. The gnocchi with crayfish was the best I have ever eaten. Feels like you are in Italy,

1 review so far 5
10.03.2017 08:03

Lovely setting, very helpful staff. We all enjoyed our meals. Staff were very patient with children. Although there were 10 of us including babies the food and drinks arrived promptly. The place has a nice friendly feel.

3 reviews so far 6
26.03.2017 08:44

The service was great and the food is just wonderful. This place has a homely feel to it. We have taken our friends and family there over and over.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 07:15

the food menu was a mixture of modern and traditional Italian cuisine. The food along with the service were excellent. The waiters were very friendly and their knowledge refreshing.

2 reviews so far 6
05.06.2016 07:31

The team at Tacco & Tosca are fantastic, you will be disappointed do yourself a favour & book a night with friends! You will return after your first visit

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 13:11

The staff was very friendly and the food as amazing. Plenty of variety for everyone and lot's of great choices to appeal to everyone's tastes. Very highly recommended.

2 reviews so far 6
25.04.2016 07:26

Wonderful food, wonderful staff and relaxing atmosphere! We will be back very soon. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a taste of authentic Italy.

3 reviews so far 6
11.09.2016 07:42

We are locals and we LOVE this place! Awesome Dodd and awesome service. Book in advance and you get the best! Garlic pizza with extra cheese OMG1

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 16:24

Lucky they could fit us in as they did not receive the booking from your site! Great restaurant, staff and food. One of our favourite restaurants!

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 08:40

Could not ask for anything better, fantastic food, superb staff and A1 ambiance. No hesitation to highly recommend and will return for another memorable evening.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2016 19:50

Great food and service. We will definitely be back soon. Truely an Italian experience. Pizza very good and our salad well presented and well dressed.

1 review so far 3
15.02.2017 22:28

A pleasant vibrant family Restaurant, a bit of rustic Italy in Melbourne. We visited Saturday evening, very busy and long wait for service, several other tables did not wait. Food was tasty classic Italian, portions could happily be halved! Waiters young and friendly but need some more organisation, supervision .

1 review so far 5
24.05.2017 07:33

The staff and service were fabulous and the food was truly delicious.The mussels marinara are a stand out dish and a sensational wine list. A great experience.Hight recommended.

1 review so far 5
08.04.2017 11:40

Great family restaurant, they are always so accommodating of kids. great food | atmosphere (love courtyard in summer), and friendly staff. We will definitely be going back!

2 reviews so far 5
14.02.2017 08:11

Very good food. We've been there a number of times and it is consistently good especially the zuppa di pesce and papadelle ragu. We'll be back!

1 review so far 5
04.04.2016 08:44

The staff were friendly, accommodating, ambiance lovely, food delicious. Not expensive. Easy to park. Would definitely go back and try some more dishes. Caters to everyone.

2 reviews so far 5
28.01.2017 08:21

Our first visit we had a great night. Good food and service. Staff very friendly and the owners are lovely. We will definitely go back.

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 08:08

Had a great night at this terrific Italian restaurant. The menu, food, wait staff and venue were all very impressive. Will definitely go back again

4 reviews so far 4
30.10.2016 21:20

A friendly, welcoming family-run restaurant with good basic Italian food. Reasonably priced food and wine in a relaxed setting. Would recommend for a casual night out.

1 review so far 3
31.05.2017 07:42

Great food terrible service. Bad when we arrived and it took them 20 minutes to settle our bill. In between the service was sloppy. Would think again about going.

1 review so far 2
12.03.2016 11:24

2nd and last visit. Our main course arrived before we had finished our entree. Kids running between tables, delivered somebody else's entree, cap put back on our red wine after the first poor! General sense of havoc.

3 reviews so far 6
17.09.2016 11:04

Authentic Tuscan cuisine, relaxed atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Perfect!