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Regional Luncheon – Italian Christmas SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018

Regional Luncheon – Italian Christmas SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018

Sunday 11th November 2018: 12:30pm

To celebrate the festive season, Centonove is hosting our last long Sunday luncheon for the year. We are basing our menu on the Christmas time family rituals of our wonderful Italian chefs and front of house team.

Guest will enjoy recipes prepared by our head chef Patrick Fletcher shared from the homes of the Centonove team.

A 5 course lunch with matching wines will be $155 a person.

Centonove caters for all dietary requirements.
Please advise our staff when booking of any allergies you and your guests may have.

Bookings are essential and seating is limited.
To reserve your table, please contact 03 9817 6468 or email [email protected].

FULLY BOOKED! PART 2 ~ 2018 Road Trip of Italy ~ Long Italian Lunch

FULLY BOOKED! PART 2 ~ 2018 Road Trip of Italy ~ Long Italian Lunch


It’s back! Join Jesse, Kym and the Centonove team as we take you on an Italian culinary adventure. Part 2 of our regional luncheon will feature the dining highlights of Jesse and Kym’s 2018 trip to Italy.

Sunday 28th October 2018
$150.00 per person
5 course menu inclusive of matching wines
12:30pm arrival

Seating is limited.  To reserve your place, please contact (03) 9817 6468 or email [email protected]

Please advise if any of your guests have any dietary requirements or allergies.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Long Italian Lunch ~ Part 1: 9/9/18 Our road trip of Italy 2018

Long Italian Lunch ~ Part 1: 9/9/18 Our road trip of Italy 2018

Long Italian Lunch ~ Part 1: Our road trip of Italy 2018


Sunday 9th September


After 3 months of travelling in Italy, Jesse and Kym are officially back working at Centonove!

Join them and the team at Centonove as they take you on a culinary journey of Italy showcasing their favourite meals, dining highlights and wines from of their travels.

This event is part one of a series of upcoming lunches.

Sunday 9th September 2018
$150.00 per person
5 course menu inclusive of matching wines
12:30pm arrival

Seating is limited. To reserve your place, please contact (03) 9817 6468 or email [email protected].

Please advise if any of your guests have any dietary requirements or allergies.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Good Food Guide Review Update: April 2015

Good Food Guide Review Update: April 2015

We recently received a terrific review from Melbourne’s Good Food Guide Judges. Great job Centonove Team.

Red sauce runs in Melbourne’s blood. Our Italian migrant population is responsible for much of what has shaped us as a food city. Coffee? We had the first espresso machines outside Europe, and our small bars only exist because our Italian forebears fought for liquor licences so they could have wine with dinner at their small cafes. We have champion Sicilian, Calabrian and Sardinian restaurants, and better yet, the best stuff doesn’t always come with a three-figure price tag. Here it is: the best pasta and focaccia this city can throw your way.


Downstairs is tight and bustling; upstairs is quieter, but over both levels there’s the gleam of light on glasses and deft service. The menu always reflects seasonal availability, so braised goat with soft polenta might not always be on, but dishes always turn traditional Italian modern. Yellowfin tuna is served crudo, its softness balanced by pistachios, mint and ruby grapefruit segments. Opened in 1997, the Kew restaurant is still punching with the energy of a place in its early prime.

109 Cotham Road, Kew, 9817 6468

Sunday 31st May ~ Long Italian Lunch in the Italian Lakes

Sunday 31st May ~ Long Italian Lunch in the Italian Lakes

Every 6 weeks Centonove open it’s doors to celebrate the Italian way of life with a long Sunday lunch.

A mouth watering menu of Italian inspiration is prepared by Head Chef Patrick Fletcher and matched with exquisite Italian wines by Owner Jesse Davidson.

Sunday 31st May we will take guests on a journey to the Northern lakes of Italy where indigenous grapes will be matched with their local recipes.

$145 per person includes long lunch and matching wines.

Bookings are extremely limited and reservations can be made via email or phone whilst available.

It is an afternoon not to be missed.

For reservations.
[email protected]
03 9817 6468

Saturday 14th February ~ Valentine’s Day

Saturday 14th February ~ Valentine’s Day

“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began”. ~ Leo Tolstoy.

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at Centonove.
Click here to view our 3 Course menu @ $90 per person.

Bookings are essential and are best direct on 03 9817 6468.


Hervey Bay scallops baked with garlic, parsley & lemon breadcrumbs

Caprese salad of buffalo mozzarella, capers, oregano & vine ripened tomatoes (V/ GF)

Carpaccio of peppered beef, baby rocket, truffled pecorino & lemon

Yellowfin tuna crudo with pickled shallots, pistachios, mint & ruby grapefruit (GF)

Main Course

Spaghettini with Spanner crab, capers, tomato, chilli & garlic

Duck breast and roasted leg with cotechino, lentils & carrot puree (GF)

Cotoletta of milk fed veal, prosciutto & fontina with eggplant parmigiana

King George whiting fillets with sautéed spinach, pine nuts, currants & lemon (GF)



Vanilla bean panna cotta with burnt caramel and crosti (PGF)

Soft centred chocolate fondant with raspberry ice cream and summer berries

A selection of fine international cheeses with traditional accompaniments PGF)

(V) Vegetarian (GF) Gluten Free (PGF) Possible Gluten Free on request

Sunday 19th October’s Last Regional Lunch on Alto Adige

Sunday 19th October’s Last Regional Lunch on Alto Adige

Every 6 weeks or so Centonove opens its doors on a Sunday to host one of our Regional Italian Long Lunches. Our most recent lunch held on Sunday 19th October took guests of Centonove through the wines and cuisine of the Alto Adige. For those that aren’t familiar with this part of Italy it is located high in the North against the Austrian border. The region is home to aromatic pine forests, crystal clear alpine lakes and gently rolling, vine-covered hills that lead down to the Veneto plains.

If you haven’t been invited along to one of these lunches don’t be upset. Simply join Centove’s mailing list on our website to recieve updates on each lunch as they are announced. The idea spawned from one of my regular trips to Italy with our chef Patrick Fletcher. This particular trip we had visited 5 different regions in 3 weeks and thought what a great idea it would be open a few Sunday’s a year and re-create some of the experiences we had on these holidays. Sunday lunch works perfectly for the format, customers can sit and relax, enjoy 5 courses of traditional food matched with the wines from the region.

Alto Day 2

The most recent lunch saw us preparing a menu with almost a Bavarian feel. In a part of Italy where most locals speak and read German and Italian it’s not suprsing that the food shares the same leaning. There is also a reliance on food preservation, which was a necessity during the long winters. Throughout the region, you can find special, long-lasting breads, smoked sausages, cheeses and fermented vegetables.

The vineyards of Alto Adige also lay claim to some of the best Pinot Grigio vineyards in the world. The white wines grown here are as diverse as they are breathtaking from Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling & localised varieties like Muller Thurgau, Veltliner and Kerner. The cool climate with in the valley’s produces leaner white wines with lovely fresh acidity and persisitence. Red grapes like Pinot Nero, Lagrien and Cabernet Franc also grow very well.

Alto Day 1

Below is the menu guests enjoyed through out the afternoon.

2013 Castelfeder “Vom Stein” Pinot Bianco
Artisan smoked speck, copocollo and sopressa

2012 Castelfeder “Villa Kanreid” Chardonnay
Poached rainbow trout with horse radish butter

As surprise glass of 2011 Cantine Terlan “Vorberg” Pinot Bianco

2011 Castelfeder “Burgum Novum” Pinot Nero
Sautéed Chestnut mushrooms with polenta and mountain cheese

2011 Erbhof Unterganzener Lagrein Riserva
Suckling Pig and pork sausage with crauti and mustard fruits

2010 Franz Haas Moscato Rosa
Strudel of apple, golden raisins and cinnamon

Old Eatability Review

Old Eatability Review

Centenove is a cool and classy restaurant serving fresh modern Italian dishes in Kew. Awarded One Chef’s Hat by The Age Good Food Guide for 3 consecutive years now, Centenove pairs savoury Italian dishes with back vintages of Australian red wines,

Centenove has an open, relaxed ambience for dining. Two separate dining areas give patrons an option of using a private function room for 40, which is ideal for intimate weddings and corporate events. The venue is elegant with stylish décor. Enjoy your meal at white-clothed tables with fine glassware. Upstairs is a bigger room with a large bar.

Centovino is born!

Centovino is born!

Alessio and I have begun a new business called Centovino.

The quick outline is we are visiting Italy next week for 10 days and importing the wines from potentially 6 – 8 highly quality producers not seen yet in Australia.

We have nothing to offer this moment but would love to get some feedback from Italian wine lovers on how keen they are to be notified when these wines arrive.

If you are interested in finding out about these wines and having the opportunity to purchase them when they arrive mid-may please let us know by email and we will keep you posted.

Kind Regards,


goodfood Review June 2013

goodfood Review June 2013

Dani Valent

Sometimes when I witness other restaurant customers greeted as regulars – swiftly given ”the usual” and kissed as they leave with a ”see you soon” – it makes me feel chilly and jealous. But at Centonove, it only makes me want to come back and get my kiss and ”ciao bella” too. That’s because there’s love left over for those of us who don’t have a regular table. It’s also because I really like the food.

Centonove has been a warm beacon on its lonely corner in Kew for 15 years – the past 12 in the hands of restaurateur Jesse Davidson, who doesn’t quite have chianti running through his veins but has embraced Italian food and wine with the fervour of a convert.

He’s just back from one of many trips to Italy, this time with his chef, Patrick Fletcher, another non-Italian who trained at Centonove and continued his trajectory at Cecconi’s. The pair ate their way around northern Italy (and blogged about it at with a stoicism – ”OK, more vino, if I must” – that can only be admired.

Their adventures have fed into the wine list and the menu, anchoring some dishes more firmly in their regions and stripping out extraneous elements in others. They ate rabbit a bit and that’s celebrated in a satisfying dish of white wine-braised rabbit falling from the bone into a tasty jus. It’s easy to wreck rabbit but this dish does its bit to balance the ledger.

Similarly sustaining is the chilli-spiked pork-rib ragu clinging to house-made tagliatelle. Antipasto platters often feel offhand, but here the selection of the day is presented proudly on a pedestal. My assortment included a tender example of vitello tonnato (poached veal with tuna mayonnaise), top-shelf prosciutto with house-pickled cauliflower, and bresaola (dried beef) with shaved parmesan. A stack of bocconcini, tomato and basil was the centrepiece. Tomatoes aren’t great at this time of year but that only served to highlight the milky-smooth cheese.

The service team includes a few young Italians, who add swagger with their swoony accents, but the X-factor isn’t just thanks to them: it’s the regulars having fun, the top-down sense of professionalism and care, and the fact that everything is imbued with joy. Battle those happy regulars for a table and see for yourself.

Star rating:
3.5 stars out of 5

Taken from goodfood
Photo: Ken Irwin

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