Meet The Chef

Richard Masani trained as a Chef in Switzerland & Italy. He fulfilled his passion upon establishing Masani in Carlton in 1983.


Inspired by the seasons, and rich produce of Australia’s fields, plains & coasts, Richard draws on classic & regional Italian dishes. Flavour and the tradition of making everything in house is a testament to Masani’s timeless menu and hospitality.


Richard’s specialty are his Mediterranean inspired seafood’s, Northern Italian style game, handmade pasta dishes and superb soufflé. When not in the kitchen, Richard enjoys fine wines and long conversations.

Follow his dishes and cooking tips:


Gusti da Masani

 Excellent food

by Richard Masani

The Wine


"Savour, source, sample & enjoy wines regularly." - Kara Maisano


Our Sommelier

Inspired by the flavours of Richard’s food, her travels and enthusiasm for wines, spirits and beyond, Kara is entrusted to Masani’s cellar.


Kara has dedicated herself to the world of fine wine. She is proud to present a grand selection of apéritifs, cocktails, sparkling wines & champagne, wines of the old & new world, aged & rare wines, cognacs, grappe and digestives.


Her formal qualifications include WSET Diploma, Court of Master Sommeliers & Vinitaly International Academy.


Kara is passionate about wine service and food & wine matching so please enjoy a sneak peak of our award winning wine list & tasting menu.


Stay tuned for her Wine Tutorials:

The Masani Philosophy

The Masani philosophy is simple – local, fresh and seasonal produce and artisan crafted cooking. Richard, Luciana and Kara are inspired by their roots (Italy) and their country (Australia). Like Italy’s regions, our cuisine is diverse and unique.
Masani is a locale where tradition, the classic and the new become one. The artisan craft that is Italian cuisine is how Masani was established in 1983 and how we continue as restaurateurs today.

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