Carlton Mediterranean Restaurant, Italian Restaurant - The Olive Jar

The Olive Jar Cafe

Authentic Italian Kitchen at its Best 

Notice: 
We will be taking a short break from the 14th of January until mid February. 

Open on the following days:

Wed 28 January -dinner 
Thur 29 January -dinner 
Fri 30 January -dinner

Fri 6th February - dinner 
Sat 7th February -dinner

Fri 13 February - dinner 


The family and staff at The Olive Jar thank you for your support and we look forward to another year of great "CIBO" 

Formerly La Contadina


Welcome to The Olive Jar where we take you on a journey to the regions of Southern Italy.

We take you back in time when food in Italy was simple, fresh and served in "padella".

This casual dining experience offers light lunch dishes, gourmet homemade pizza, voted the best pizza base in Melbourne. Menu also offers homemade pasta, traditional homemade gelati, great Italian coffee and homemade biscotti and sweets. This is a great little spot in Carlton to catch up with friends, over a leisurely lunch.

We offer Gluten Free and Vegetarian dishes, ensuring that everyone can enjoy being transported to Italy, through the flavours of The Olive Jar.

The Mico Family arrived in Australia in 1967 and since then have gathered a reputation and respect from diners and food critics for over 40 years, formerly owners of the renowned La Contadina Restaurant. Our focus is to provide simple, fresh and traditional cooking. We also like to offer a more relaxed take to what we believe is the European way of life. "A tavola non s'invecchia".

A hidden gem in Carlton.

Licensed, BYO wine only

New Gourmet Pizza Takeaway service now available - please call The Olive Jar

Our Gourmet Pizza's - pizza bases are hand made from a recipe handed down from our grandmother. Loved by so many of our patrons 'I have eaten 1000 pizzas in  my life, but this is the best pizza base ever'



Bookings are essential

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