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Traditional Italian Cooking Since 1972

In 1971, Gino Francese took a leap of faith and opened his first restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. From the moment the doors opened, the restaurant became an instant sensation, thanks to its authentic Italian Pizza, Pasta, Seafood, Steak, and warm, friendly service.

Cafe Cavallino is a restaurant that has been owned and operated by Gino Francese and his family since 1972, and it continues to offer the same traditional Italian-style cuisine that has been delighting diners for over 50 years.

One of the things that sets Cafe Cavallino apart is its spacious alfresco seating area, which offers a true dining experience and the unmistakable atmosphere of Lygon Street.

Gino Francese is committed to providing his customers with the freshest food in the cleanest environment, which has earned his restaurant an excellent reputation for traditional Italian homestyle cuisine and a friendly ambiance that stands the test of time.

Over the years, Gino has built a strong relationship with the F1 Ferrari team, and the restaurant has become a home away from home for the team once a year during the famous Melbourne F1 race. This long-standing friendship is a testament to Gino's passion for food and Formula 1 and his unwavering commitment to providing an unforgettable dining experience to all who enter Cafe Cavallino's doors.

Nostalgia abounds at Cafe Cavallino, where time-honored traditions meet contemporary dining, creating a uniquely memorable experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits.

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