Owner/Chef Richard Maisano studied hospitality in Switzerland and worked in Italy. He brought the knowledge and skills he learnt back to Australia and channelled them into Masani, which he opened in 1983.
Masani is located in the heart of Carlton in a beautiful neo-Gothic building. The dining rooms are grand and beautifully presented. A large open fire and a warm welcome will keep you feeling cosy despite the soaring ceilings.
The seasonal menu includes game, meats, seafood and house-made pasta. The food is traditional Italian with a few Australian influences. For example, the pretty gamberi con agrume (prawns with citrus) are served on a bed of avocado and coriander, the plate studded with jewel-like citrus segments and pomegranate. The rich cacciucco can be thought of as an Italian-style bouillabaisse: a generous selection of fish and shellfish in a rich fish stock base is flavoured with pinot grigio and aromatic basil. Richard’s Swiss training is revealed in his traditional Swiss-style soufflé with all the trappings.
PSST! Masani offers private functions with tailored food and wine menus in their grand dining room upstairs.