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Nestled on the corner of Cotham Rd Kew, Centonove provides a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere for dining. The menu offers fresh and contemporary dishes of Italian inspiration that are complemented by the restaurant’s boutique wine cellar specialising in Italian wine.

Centonove accommodates 2 dining rooms as well as a small 8 seat private wine room holding over 2500 bottles of wine, this room can be enjoyed for special birthday celebrations or alternatively private business meetings.

For each of his menus, Executive Chef Patrick Fletcher always sources the finest products at the right time of year. Having travelled extensively through Italy, Patrick has a keen understanding of the distinctive regions and when combined with his skills and passions the results are amazing. This respectful approach sees Patrick working with many different suppliers, individual farmers and growers to ensure the freshest and most flavoursome ingredients that pay homage to Italian cuisine.

Our skilled brigade of chef’s prepare everything on site including fresh pasta, antipasto and desserts. We strongly believe the key to Centonove’s long term success has been to provide consistently excellent food, friendly and accessible service in an intimate ambience.


Tuesday-Saturday (Lunch)

2 Courses (Selected from a-la-carte menu) ~ $79 per person

3 Courses (Selected from a-la-carte menu) ~ $99 per person

Tuesday-Thursday (Dinner)

2 Courses (Selected from a-la-carte menu) ~ $79 per person

3 Courses (Selected from a-la-carte menu) ~ $99 per person

Reservations 8+ guests ~ 3 Courses (Selected from a-la-carte menu) ~ $99 per person

For reservations for 8-12 people, please contact 03 9817 6468 or email [email protected]

Friday-Saturday (Dinner)

3 Courses (Selected from a-la-carte menu) ~ $99 per person


Yellow tail kingfish crudo, nduja, sorrel, Yarra Valley caviar, creme fraiche

Beef carpaccio, wild rocket, parmesan, mushroom, lemon

Fried zucchini blossoms filled with prawn and ginger, sorrel, shellfish butter

Rotolo of buffalo ricotta, asparagus, mint, fennel pollen

Vitello tonnato, tuna dressing, saltbush, baby capers

Fried Jerusalem artichokes, stracciatella, parmesan, honey


Spaghettini, spanner crab, chilli, garlic, chives, capers, pangrattato

Potato and mint ravioli, poppy seed butter, chives

Hand cut pappardelle, duck ragu, pecorino

Pan fried Barramundi, sweetcorn, nduja, pangrattato

Duck Breast, Salsa di Radda, hand cut fries, tarragon aioli, fennel pollen

Cotoletta of Berkshire pork, gentleman’s relish, baby gem caesar

Secondi To Share

12 hour lamb shoulder roasted over saffron orzo, soffritto, goats curd

Bistecca  – Dry aged 800gm O’Connor’s Black Angus rib eye, Cafe di Paris butter

Contorni $15

Butter lettuce, lemon and garlic vinaigrette, soft herbs

Green beans, pesto, lemon

Gratin of eggplant, San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella

Twice cooked Dobson potatoes, rosemary, garlic, alto olive oil


Amaretto crème caramel

Chocolate fondant, blackberry gelato, caramel crisp

Vanilla panna cotta, pineapple, passionfruit, coconut meringues

Valrhona chocolate, honeycomb, creme fraiche


Artisan cheese, Sardinian flat bread, quince

*Please check with your waiter for today’s cheese selection

We are dedicated to accommodating all dietary requirements however; we cannot guarantee that our dishes will be free of allergens. Please speak with your waiter if you have any dietary requirements.

Please note a surcharge of 1.5% applies to Visa/Mastercard and 1.9% to Amex

Private Functions

Centonove is currently hosting functions for 20-40 people.

 $110 function menu

Our chef creates a menu consisting of 4 entrees, 4 mains courses, and 4 desserts, with side dishes included, all based on our current a la carte menu.

For more details on our function packages, including minimum spends, see our functions section.

Vegan Menu

$79, 3 courses pp.

24-48 hours notice is required for this special menu. Please advise staff when making your reservation

Menu changes daily, this is an example menu

Heirloom tomatoes, baby capers, basil

Fried zucchini flowers, Zuni pickles, watercress

Gnocchi all’ Arrabbiata

Slow roasted pumpkin, saffron orzo, soft herbs feta

Mango sorbet


Please note a surcharge of 1.5% applies to Visa/Mastercard and 1.9% to Amex


Children’s Menu $45 pp.


Penne with ragu Bolognese – available (GF)

Parmesan crumbed chicken with French fries



Additional French Fries $15


Vanilla Bean Ice-cream with chocolate sauce



Award Winning List

finewine2014Centonove boasts a local cellar and wine list which is unmatched in the local area. Our aim is to source great wines from all over Australia, encompassing individual artisan producers through to famous Australian benchmarks ensuring only the best from any given vintage.

The 500 strong varietal list showcases verticals from Australia’s best Shiraz vineyards and are cellared in a climate controlled wine room that is available to be booked for up to 8 guests for lunch and dinner.

Centonove undoubtedly has one of the most comprehensive selections of Italian wine anywhere in Australia. Our professional staff are trained in all aspects of wine and food matching, vintage selection and handling of the some of the best wines in the world.

Recently for the 7th consecutive year Gourmet Traveller recognized Centonove with a 3 wine glass rating, the highest rating possible in the Wine List of Year awards.

“Unwind in the contemporary dining room and take comfort knowing that wine and food are taken very seriously at Centonove. Delight in Northern Italian and Tuscan beauties or treat yourself to an aged bottle of Australian red. Prices are extremely fair.” – Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 2014

The wines feature heavily of the list and are also available for purchase through the online shop



Private Functions

Centonove has a 40 seat private dining room that is the perfect place to celebrate any important occasion from a small intimate wedding to a milestone birthday or anniversary, through to business dinners that will surely impress your clients. The elegant room, which is located on the second level of our beautiful Art Deco building, provides a private, intimate and sophisticated ambience for any event.

Our minimum spends excluding the cellar are (February to November):

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunch: no minimum with 20+ guests

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday dinner: $4000 minimum

Friday and Saturday lunch: $3000 minimum

Friday and Saturday dinner: $6000 minimum

For December functions, please contact for a quote

Centonove employs a function co-ordinator to handle your arrangements. Our co-ordinator is available to discuss enquiries, arrangements and special needs. The PDF download attachment also provide important information regarding menus, beverages, AV equipment and minimum expenditure for each day. Furthermore, someone is always available by phone or email if you would like more information regarding an upcoming event.



Group Bookings

Maximum reservation size: 8-12 people.

All groups of 8-12 guests are offered $99 per person fixed price a-la-carte menu.

For group bookings, please contact 03 9817 6468 or email [email protected]


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Who We Are

The Team


Jesse Davidson

For 23 years restaurant owner and manager Jesse Davidson has shared his love of Italian food, wine and hospitality with the regular guests of Centonove.

Jesse will tell you that from an early age he always knew that he would own and run his own restaurant. What other industry allows you to travel, drink and eat the finest food and then share those experiences with people when they are at their most relaxed and happy?

Jesse has a strong understanding of Italian food, wine and culture and evidently this has helped prolong the success of Centonove, fast becoming an iconic Melbourne institution in its 24th year.

Whilst you won’t see her around as much these days Jesse’s wife and co-owner Kymberly Davidson is as vital to the restaurant as ever.

Kym’s job at Centonove has always been to ensure the staff and suppliers feel loved and importantly, get paid! In recent years, her responsibilities have multiplied as she capably looks after a growing family whilst managing all the other daily responsibilities of a busy workplace.


Patrick Fletcher

Head Chef
Patrick Fletcher has been at the helm of the Centonove kitchen since 2010.
However his memorable journey began back in 2004, as an apprentice
under Brent Baigent, the inaugural chef of the Kew restaurant .

Upon completion of his apprenticeship Patrick left Centonove to add first hand knowledge about the traditions of Italian cooking by travelling to the Mediterranean country to broaden his mind and palate.

After returning to Melbourne Patrick worked at Cecconi’s Cantina under head chef Harry Lilal before opportune circumstances led him back to Centonove. Patrick’s award of a prestigious ‘Age Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat’ at just 26 years old and in his second year as Centonove head chef is testament to his passion and commitment.

From 2010 onwards, Patrick has continue to refine his skills and techniques. He leads by example, arriving first in the morning, working all day through service and when he does relax it’s usually by rolling out sheets of the silky fresh pasta he uses to make his delectable taglioni or agnolotti! The Centonove team is indebted to Patrick Fletcher’s unwavering commitment to the restaurant.

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