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“Ruganintos, Oh how I miss you!!”
Review of Rugantino's Restaurant - CLOSED

Rugantino's Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Rugantino's was a Frankston Institution. I have come to this Restaurant every year since the early 80s. The garlic pizza recipe in particular and the dough base recipe has never ever changed since 1969. Still as good as way back when I first visited in 1984. The same tried and proven family recipe has stood the test of time. It's sad that in 2016 this Restaurant has apparently closed down. May I say that the last owners were excellent. They remained authentic to the Restaurant and its customers and continued its great taste and traditions. It's really sad that some people have taken this place for granted over the years. People should support local business and not give into multi chains because it's businesses like these that ultimately produce the inspiration for true master chefs. The food was right up there with the best. Dare I say, the best tasting pizza in Australia and possibly beyond. No need to have gone to Lygon Street, because it was all here waiting at Rugantinos in Frankston. The hipster and yuppie generations gone before it, it's rided many challenges throughout its history. It seems however that inflexible attitudes of those against led to its demise. In my opinion, every pizza here, every pasta dish was up there with the very best. The atmosphere was amazing. There was a cheap quarter for the patrons who just wanted an in and out pizza meal. There was a fine dining area with aquatic display, tablecloths and personalized service and there was a generous takeaway area with tv screen for those on the go. I really hope that this restaurant returns for the sake of its believers but also to re-instate what is "true" Italian food at reasonable prices. True Authentic Italian food, not yuppy nonsense. True Italian food that is actually cooked by Italians. Real Italians. Real Italian Food. Demand it. Demand it because you want Italian Authenticity. Forza Italia! Forza Rugantinos!

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1  Thank Tony M
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Reviewed 29 January 2016

Walked past here the other day, The restaurant was closed and a up for lease sign was in the window. All of the tables and everything was still there so hopefully this Frankston icon may live again.
Restaurant has had a few ups and downs, I have eaten here a few times in 2015 and can honestly say the place was on the up again.

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2  Thank Andy Y
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

Stood the test of time over many years. Great for casual dining and larger groups. Eaten here three or four times a year and never encountered any problems.

2  Thank LSC22644
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Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Ordered online two large pizzas either the bases were pre made and had been sitting in the freezer for a month or just really poor quality ingredients either way disgusting! Was not happy, it's not hard to use fresh quality ingredients and as for the topping mah nothing special, would not order pizzas from here again....

1  Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

If you are after pizza from the 70's and 80's then this is the place for you. Fast on service, light on ambience, big on toppings!

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1  Thank Shamilt2
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