About Us

An Italian style restaurant located on High Street in Epping. We deliver a superior dining experience and provide the finest food and drink in an inviting atmosphere and with seamless service. We only use the best fresh seasonal ingredients and can offer a selection of menus to private functions.
Our Story

Where It All Began

Nestled amongst the rugged cliffs of central Italy, the small town of Villa Santa Maria emerges from the southern slope of Monte Vecchio. Known throughout Italy as “the homeland of cooks,” it is here where the Bar Novanta story begins.

Although born in Rome, a young Amalia learned from an early age the secrets of the town’s renowned culinary style, with an added Roman twist. Amalia’s father, Ennio, was born and raised in Villa Santa Maria, and it is through him that the spirit of the town’s proud tradition of rustic home cuisine lives on in Amalia’s cooking.

It is in Rome, in 1982, that Amalia’s second child and co-founder of Bar Novanta, Barbara, was born. The young Barbara quickly proved that the true taste of Italian cuisine runs deep in the blood. Growing up and working closely with her mother, Barbara not only learned Amalia’s unique dishes, but went on to add her own distinct touch to the cuisine as well as going on to specialize in Italian dolci.

In 1990, the family moved to Melbourne, Australia. Little did they know back then that in just under three decades, they would be bringing the uniquely blended tastes of the Capital city, and Villa Santa Maria, to the streets of Melbourne’s north.

1990 was the year a proud culinary tradition landed on the tarmac of Tullamarine airport.

1990 was the year Bar Novanta landed in Australia.

2018 is the year it all comes together.

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What We Offer

Daily Fresh Menus

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Fresh Ingredients

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Tasty Meals

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Creative Chefs

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Authentic Cuisine

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Home Roasted Coffee

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Testimonials

What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

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“Fabulous food & flawless service”

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Bloom

“Another successful experience”

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Extra

“Speechless”

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Monarch

Hours of Operation

MON
Closed

TUES, WED & THUR
5:00pm – 10:00pm

FRI & SAT
5:00pm – 11:00pm

SUN
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Open during the day for Private Functions only

10% off takeaway (excludes desserts, drinks & cakes)

For take-away orders, call 1300 488 290

Please let staff know of any allergies before ordering.

Our Location

727 HIGH STREET, EPPING
Victoria, 3076

CONTACT
Tel: 1300 488 290

AMPLE PARKING AVAILABLE AT REAR

Friends and family of Bar Novanta.

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that Bar Novanta has now closed its doors.

And while our heart is heavy from sharing this news, it is also full.
We thank you all for your tears and hugs and warmth; for your support, kindness, generosity, and love above all. Over the past two years we've been so lucky to have our little family expand every night — with every new customer who soon became a friend, and very quickly became part of the furniture.

It fills us with sadness to see tables full every night, to have your wonderful faces come and light up the kitchen with joy after a meal to remember, to have so many tables booked weeks in advance and yet to have to close our doors due to a pandemic that has affected so many across the globe.

We fought hard, we gave it our all, and we've appreciated your continued support throughout, but unfortunately, having our doors closed for so long, in the end, we couldn’t keep up.

Rest assured this is just a speedbump. Bar Novanta will return. Perhaps in a different location, perhaps under a slightly different name (Cafe Novanta has a nice ring to it), but we’ll be back.

In the meantime, the main thing is we thank each and every one of you kind souls who joined us on this little journey.

We couldn't have done any of it without you.

Grazie amici, ci vediamo presto