About Us

Welcome to the Olive Jar. With more than 40 years experience in the food industry the Family at the Olive Jar would like to take you on a journey to little Italy.

The Olive Jar will take you on a journey to the regions of Southern Italy.

We take you back in time when food in Italy was simple, fresh and served in “padella”.
See our Italian chef’s make fresh pasta in front of you and then cook it up for you….what a treat!!!

This casual dining experience offers light lunch dishes, gourmet homemade pizza, voted the best pizza base in Melbourne. Menu also offers homemade pasta, nonno’s homemade wine, traditional homemade gelati, great Italian coffee and homemade biscotti and sweets. This is a great little spot in Carlton to catch up with friends, over a leisurely lunch or dinner.

We offer Gluten Free and Vegetarian dishes, ensuring that everyone can enjoy being transported to Italy, through the flavours of The Olive Jar.

The Family at Olive Jar arrived in Australia in 1967 and since then have gathered a reputation and respect from diners and food critics for over 40 years. Our focus is to provide simple, fresh and traditional cooking. We also like to offer a more relaxed take to what we believe is the European way of life. “A tavola non s’invecchia”.

The Olive Jar is the Italy away from Italy. Step into a slice of heaven and escape to what our patrons are describing a trattoria found in an alley way in Rome.
We trasport you to Italy through our food, rustic decor and Italian waiter singing you tunes. Now that’s amore.

Be serenaded by our singing waiter!! True Italian Experience 💙

A hidden gem in Carlton.

Licensed, BYO wine only