From spaghetti and spritz to pizza and pinot noir, discover the best Italian restaurants in Sydney.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a romantic date night spot or a crowd-pleasing local favourite, you’ve come to the right place. When pasta, pizza and perfectly-crafted cocktails are calling your name, head to the best Italian restaurants in Sydney.
For a fun, flavourful wine bar experience you can’t go past the iconic Italian restaurant, 10 William Street. Set in the heart of Paddington, this cosy bustling spot is perfect for ordering a delicious bottle of wine and endless plates of snacks (and a bowl of pasta, of course). Find out more here.
While we usually reserve the term ‘neighbourhood’ for the suburbs, this CBD Italian restaurant brings this welcoming vibe to the heart of the city. Alberto’s Lounge is a wine bar meets restaurant is a must-see with a classic Italian menu spanning smaller share plates of prosciutto and burrata, spice pork sausage and cauliflower with green olives to larger mains. Leave room for the spaghetti with king prawns and pistachio and a negroni too. Find out more here.
Since 2007, A Tavola has been a Darlinghurst stalwart, serving up some of Sydney’s best Italian eats. Renowned for their authentic Italian pasta, this local favourite is the perfect spot to experience the best of Italy without leaving Sydney. Find out more here.
For intimate date nights or group gathers, Bella Brutta is one of the best spots to celebrate. This Italian restaurant is one of Sydney’s best, with a curated menu of top-notch pizzas, snacks and sides. Make sure to try the anchovies, grab a glass of natural vino and a slice of their potato or clam pizza for a delicious night out. Find out more here.
For authentic Italian eats at their best, you can’t go past Bei Amici. This welcoming Italian restaurant is perfect for a relaxed meal with friends, with gluten-free and vegan options on this seasonally-driven menu. Oh, did we mention dogs are always welcome to dine alfresco too? Find out more here.
Love cheese? You’ve come to the right place. Buffalo Dining Club is an Italian restaurant that celebrates Fromage, specifically buffalo mozzarella. From simple pasta dishes (such as their iconic cacio e pepe served in a giant wheel of pecorino) to delicious sides, you can’t go wrong at this popular Italian spot. Find out more here.
Since 1987, Paddington’s Buon Ricordo has been serving authentic Italian flavours to Sydney foodies. This produce-driven menu champions classic Italian dishes with a stellar wine list of over 600 bottles to choose from. From burrata and buffalo mozzarella to classic pasta dishes, expect warming, generous hospitality at Buon Ricordo. Find out more here.
Located in the old Da Orazio site, CicciaBella is a new Italian Osteria hopes to shake up Bondi’s dining scene once again. In a nutshell, diners can expect the taste of the southern Italian coast with a menu fuelled by a wood-fire oven and a modern culinary approach. CicciaBella is poised to become a restaurant for the people and families of Bondi. Find out more here.
Did you know CicciaBella is opening a new outpost in Parramatta? Find out more here.
Open from breakfast right through to dinner, Fratelli Paradiso is one of Sydney’s favourite Italian restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for a morning espresso and pastry or bowl of pasta and boozy tiramisu by night, you’ll find it all at Fratelli Paradiso (along with an exceptional service). Find out more here.
Boasting one of the best views in Sydney, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is a waterfront Italian restaurant celebrating Australia’s best local produce. With a focus on modern Italian eats and seasonal favours, soak in sweeping views of Bondi Beach from this iconic dining room, delivering sustainable seafood, artisanal produce and delicious drinks. Find out more here.
As one of the longest standing Italian restaurants in Sydney, Lucio’s is a must-try for Sydney foodies. Set in the heart of leafy Paddington, Lucio’s is a welcoming, vibrant dining room serving up wholesome, nourishing Italian. Find out more here.
Head to LuMi for a casual, fine dining Italian culinary experience. This award-winning spot is set right on the water, making it the perfect spot for a celebration. As for the menu, enjoy modern Italian dishes with a Japanese twist. Find out more here.
Matteo is an Eastern Suburbs institution and their newer CBD outpost is serving up the same all-day Italian eats. Offering an all-day dining affair, head in for breakfast, lunch, aperitivo, dinner and even late-night drinks to get a taste of the buzzing Italian way of life. Find out more here.
Head to the water and you’ll find Osteria Coogee, a casual coastal kitchen serving revived Italian classics. Designed for dining experiences that unite good friends around incredible food, expect a menu that celebrates Italian cuisine using the freshest Australian produce. Find out more here.
Our friends at Secret Foodies recently hosted a lavish Italian Long Lunch at Osteria Coogee, read all about it here.
If you’re looking for authentic Sardinian eats at their best, you can’t go past Pilu. Using reimagined culinary techniques that remain true to tradition and regionality, expect a superb Italian experience (whether you choose the 7-course tasting menu or a la carte option). Find out more here.
Make sure you come hungry to Totti’s, the popular Bondi eatery serving up delicious, simple Italian eats. From small shared plates and antipasto to pasta, mains and dessert, there’s plenty to enjoy at this bustling dining room. Find out more here.