Carlton Mediterranean Restaurant, Italian Restaurant - The Olive Jar

The Olive Jar Cafe

Authentic Italian Kitchen at its Best 

Formerly La Contadina

Welcome to the Olive Jar Cafe where we introduce you to dishes from Italy and the Mediterranean with an antipasto/tapas bar.

Modern Australian Dishes are entwined by our chef, using the finest ingredients so that every dish is prepared with love and flavour.

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 the Mediterranean, 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 traditional and authentic cooking with a modern flair. 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