Fantastic food, good vibes, friendly staff who will chat with you and a chef beyond words: funny and with a fantastic voice!!
Definitely a memorable night, and we’ll be visiting again 🙂

Nunya B

June 2022

Great food, authentic and unique experience. We all had a great night and Giovanni treated us like family. Highly recommend.

Mar Vin

June 2022

I love this place. It’s cosy and the food is delicious, with bonus entertainment.

Maria Barbir

June 2022

I had dinner tonight with family from overseas
The warm friendly Italian hospitality greeted you at the door. The ambience takes you straight to family run trattoria in Italy.
As for food,  they are authentic home made by Italian chef which are no other than the owner of Olive Jar(Giovanni and Teresa). We tried calamari, 3 different pastas and 1 pizza. Which we can tell that the pasta was fresh handmade, the sauces had deep complex flavor and very tasty.
Gnocchi was bouncy and pillowy, excellent texture.
Canoli was very nice fluffy whipped ricotta and light, not too sweet. Tiramisu is a must, so decadent, smooth creamy but you still can feel light crunch of the biscotti soaked in lovely espresso and liquor.
The menu was very well priced.
For drinks  Started with refreshing limoncello spritz, followed by Venetian wine Pinot Grogio and house made red wine were a perfect choice for us.
We will definitely come back.

Lionita Regar

May 2022

Lovely local spot, for above average, good, wine and ambience.
Escape Melbourne for a few hours and be transported to a lovely little bistro.

PW "PW"

May 2022

Quiet strip in Rathdowne Street, but agreat little Italian place-making delicious pasta, pizza, desserts and wine. Decore and food is quite traditional something which is rare to find these days with everything so upbeat and modern. Check them out. Great takeaway options and prices too.

Linda Kaputo

February 2022

Super super good Italian food. Try them out and then be the judge. 100/100. Great Pizza. Italian family owned restaurant for over 40 years. The best in the game! Well done guys.

Sarah Lee

February 2022

Dined in tonight for a quick meal and I was pleasantly impressed. Lovely homemade pasta. Great service, very welcoming service infact which was lovely. The waitress was super friendly.  Good work guys. Love your work💙💚

Sarah Centro

February 2022

Skip lygon street and head straight here if you want an amazing Italian meal and the best service of your life! Beautiful homemade pasta sauce and limoncello, and we were serenaded with some amazing singing as well! Such a great comfortable atmosphere, will definitely be coming here again 🙂

Victoria BigToe

February 2022

The best plate of pasta you can find in Melbourne.

Anthony Giuliano

February 2022

Truly Authentic Italian cooking and very caring Italian Staff. Always make you feel at home and wonderful music and singing by the Charismatic Giovanni. Highly recommend the home made tagliatelle with homemade Bolognese sauce and I love it with hot chilli in olive oil. A glass of homemade red wine. Some tiramisu and a cup of coffee short or long machiato. Yum Yum.

Buona appetito. Ciao Bella

 

Diego Di Michele

June 2020

You can’t beat this dining experience-it’s not just the freshly prepared food, the personal service, the great ambiance or Giovanni’s fantastic entertainment-it’s all that melded with the warm Olive Jar vibe that keeps us coming back.

Thank you for always making us feel welcome at your beautiful restaurant.

 

Karina & Mick

June 2020

Best pasta and pizza. This place has very nice pizza well cooked and rustic. I am a pizza freak and I’ve tried a lot of pizza in my time and this place serves delicious pizza light base at a great price. Takeaway is great value. Check them out. Thumbs up.
Luke Domingo

Google

OMG, what a beautiful experience! Food is authentic, rustic and absolutely delicious! Table service is quick and friendly. Topped off with great entertainment as well. Definitely will be back and can’t recommend highly enough!
Joanne Grossi

Google

Terrific authentic Italian restaurant and takeaway that’s been around since the 60s. Great service and handmade pizza and pasta with an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in Italy. Buonissima!
Peter Behrendorff

Google

Giovanni is a great entertainer and sang lovely Italian songs whilst we ate homemade tagliatelli with meatballs followed by homemade Tiramisu. A glass of wine. That’s amore!
Diego Di Michele

Facebook

Absolutely fantastic experience and delicious authentic italian pizza and pasta.Great singing too!
Jake Meaden

February, 2019

Great food and entertainment.Beautiful friendly service.Will definitely come again.
Maree Fisicchia

February, 2019

Lovely food,friendly service and my wife had the best lasagne she has ever eaten.Thanks guys.
Brian Trezise

February, 2019

Amazing ‘homemade’ food we will remember for a longtime. My favorite was the Barramundi Fillet, freaking amazing. We will be back Sydneyenjoyinggoodfood
Michael Clulee

May 10th, 2018

Brought me really close to Italy. The pasta was one of the best pasta I have eaten in Melbourne. I used to like pasta from couple of restaurant’s down Lygon st but from today my business goes to them. The pasta was authentic and presented the home made flavors on the table.
Gandhali Jaokar

May 10th, 2018

Always good food and entertainment with Geovani on the microphone singing. Great with a group
Garry Dickeson

May 10th, 2018

GREAT TRUE AUTHENTIC ITALIANO (avoid lygon st and its false representation of true Italian food ) When you love Italian food and you appreciate its authentici style, then this great little gem its a must to visit the olive jar… I’ve dined here quite a few times with family and business friends, as an Italian we only expect the best in its true style… fresh, home made, authentic food like nonna used to cook and great prices… this place certainly ticks all the boxes … great ambience also… you really feel to be some where in the back street of Rome… Try their pizza and the pasta amazing and then the greatest tiramisu ever and the home made limoncello, the home made vino organico is a must as well … relax and enjoy the singing waiter Giovanni live around the tables singing great tunes from Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra, Elvis and much more… This to me and to many is living back the great 60s as we knew …you love it 1510 )
Adrian P

May 10th, 2018

A nice cozy restaurant with homely setting. Though not at the main stretch of Lygon. The food were great and comes in generous portion. One appetizer, main and dessert for two. Friendly host with great Italian music selection. Highly recommended and would go back again.
Joanne Hong

May 10th, 2018