Massi re-opens after a year of closure

The CBD stalwart on Little Collins Street is back.

A year after the first lockdown, much-loved Italian restaurant Massi in Melbourne’s CBD will be resurrected after Easter and re-open on Monday, 12th April.

Known for its modern Sicilian cuisine and intimate, convivial atmosphere, Massi has been a destination for lunch and after-work eats since opening in 2016. The initial opening will see Massi opening for lunch Monday to Friday, then Thursdays and Fridays for dinner soon after, with Saturdays coming soon.

“We are so delighted to be able to be opening our doors once again,” said owner/chef Joe Vargetto. “With ongoing restrictions and the risk of more lockdowns we continued to postpone our re-opening. While big brother restaurant Mister Bianco was able to continue trading through takeaway and delivery, Massi’s location in the city made it impossible to trade. But, now that vaccines are rolling out, people are more relaxed, staff are feeling good and the CBD is coming alive again, the time is right.”

Chef Jason Lear (formerly of Pilu @ Freshwater and Di Stasio) will be joining the kitchen and he, along with Joe, has created the autumn menu that will be focused around quality produce, with dishes such as fried zucchini flowers (with stracciatella, grilled peach and horseradish) and slow-cooked beef short rib (with pickled shimeji, confit shallots and potato gratinata). House-made Mattarello pastas will include squid ink cavatelli (with clams, calamari, bottarga and pangrattato) and tortelloni (with caramelised pumpkin, nutmeg, Amaretto and aged balsamic).

Favourite desserts will be on offer. including Lemon Parfait, Ferraro Roche, Bombe Alaska, Sicilian Cassata, Tira mi su and Joe’s famed Gold Cannoli.

As always, the wine list has been curated to offer a drop for everyone – from those simply looking for a glass to complement their meal to the wine connoisseur.

Reservations are open now at

445 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9670 5347
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