Mr Matteo: The pizza and pasta is anything but standard at The Clarendon Hotel’s new restaurant

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Mr Matteo: The pizza and pasta is anything but standard at The Clarendon Hotel’s new restaurant

Look for the well-known facade of The Clarendon on Latrobe Terrace and that’s where you’ll find Mr Matteo, the new venue dedicated to pizza, pasta and all the classics, changing the game for Geelong’s foodie scene.  

The historic landmark is welcomed into the 21st century with a new name, a fresh and vibrant fit-out, a flashy new bar with espresso martini on tap, a welcoming outdoor area and other beautiful upgrades (as well as live music and bottomless brunch).

What remains though is the heart of a classic pub with Mr Matteo; retaining its place for meeting and socialising with family and friends. 

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Inspired by Italian cuisine, seasonal flavours and its commitment to using only high-quality ingredients, the menu leans heavily into fresh and colourful pasta and pizza dishes. 

Pizza lovers are taken care of with a mouthwatering selection of classic toppings spanning Americana, Margherita, Hawaiian, BBQ chicken and vegetarian, alongside gourmet options like lamb shoulder, chipotle chicken, prawn and pancetta, and the Salty Pig. 

If pasta has your heart, there are 20 Nonna-worthy dishes on offer, guaranteed to perk you up after a tough day. With the choice of spaghetti, fettuccine, pappardelle, penne, GF penne, potato gnocchi, cauliflower tortellini and pumpkin ravioli, pasta lovers can select one of the mouth-watering sauces to accompany their carb of choice.

Garlic bread, warm olives, lemon salted calamari, Italian salad and Poke Bowl also feature, as well as chocolate mousse and sticky date pudding for dessert. If you’ve had the pleasure of indulging in Parmi Bandit before you’ll also find all your usual suspects on the Parmi menu.

Redefining Italian restaurants in Geelong, there’s also the drive-thru component of the business, offering hungry locals the opportunity to pick up restaurant-quality food through a convenient takeaway window. Pizza and pasta to go? Say no more. The whole restaurant menu will be available through the drive-thru from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Combining an Italian-leaning menu and a sleek, contemporary space, Mr Matteo is the buzzy spot you’ll keep coming back to. Buon appetito!

Mr Matteo is located at 378 Latrobe Terrace, Newtown. For drive thru, call 5221 9584 and for the restaurant call 5221 2526.