From Sicilian-inspired spots to moody wine bars, Italian food devotees are spoilt for choice in Sydney. Whether you’re after artful plates of handmade pasta, hearty osso buco or velvety tiramisu, you’re bound to find it at one of the many new and long-standing Italian restaurants dotted around town. Get your fill at one of these eateries in Sydney.
This hugely popular trattoria is a warm and buzzy spot which offers a bit more than just excellent Italian cuisine. Settle in with a glass of vino and enjoy Italian food at it’s finest with prosciutto platters, pastas and a variety of main dishes on offer. For dessert, try the velvety smooth panna cotta. Alberto’s also offers an extensive selection of Italian wines which perfectly complement their excellent dishes.
📍17-19 Alberta St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
2. Via Napoli
Via Napoli is known for having some of the best pizza in town and if you’re after authentic Neapolitan cuisine, this is the spot to go to. The one or two-metre-long pizzas featuring their famous toppings are a crowd favourite and a cosy essential in the heart of Surry Hills and Lane Cove.
📍141 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
📍628 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
3. Cucina Porto
Old-world hospitality and classic Italian fare anchor Cucina Porto at The Star. Start your evening with the stone-baked bread paired with olive oil and move on to pesto-infused burrata, creamy ragu and a variety of woodfired classics with new and inventive ingredients. There’s also an extensive beverage menu and plenty of gluten-free options. Find more details here.
📍Level G, Harbourside Entrance The Star Sydney, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Delicious food and good times are on offer at this casual Bondi eatery which is easily one of the city’s best. The light and flavourful menu includes everything from wood-fired breads, pastas like fettuccine with tomato sugo and stracciatella, ziti alla vodka with prawn, lobster and chilli, grilled fish fillets and a variety of hearty sides and desserts. Find the full menu here.
Machiavelli offers rich Italian dishes like creamy gnocchi gorgonzola, flavourful linguine gamberi and tasty risotto, all served with the freshest, top-tier ingredients that explode with flavours. Don’t forget their tasty desserts and wines for a true taste of La Dolce Vita. Check out the full menu here.
📍123 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
OTTO Ristorante is an Italian fine dining restaurant that offers modern Italian dishes with a side of lovely water views. Enjoy all the Italian favourites on the menu including pastas and risotto, side dishes and breads while sipping on a glass of vino and taking in the views. This Italian spot blends sophistication and comfort with a breezy atmosphere to boot. Check out their menu here.
📍Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
This Italian gem offers an intimate dining experience that features excellent service and even better food, especially if you’re a fan of pasta. Expect luscious duck Ragu with deep umami notes, exquisitely balanced sea urchin pasta and more at this cosy spot. There’s also an impressive selection of wines that feature all the classics and then some. Find more info here.
📍1 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This bustling spot is the spin-off of Matteo’s in Double Bay and serves just as delicious Italian fare. From deliciously crafted pizzas topped with fresh and high-quality ingredients to vodka pasta and risotto, punters are promised a trip to Milan and Rome courtesy of the rich menu. It’s also close to the harbour which is always a plus. Find more info here.
📍20 Bond St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
With a wide variety of dishes and drinks on offer, The Restaurant Pendolino has become a reliable spot for foodies seeking their fill of Italian food. Nab a seat in the cosy dining spot and try the many pasta dishes, sample the charcoal focaccia, or indulge in the delicious meringue dessert. Find it inside the heritage-listed Strand Arcade. See more here.
📍Shop 100/412/414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This super popular underground cocktail bar offers a warm and inviting atmosphere along with a stacked menu that promises a true slice of Italy. Try their pasta mains like the Linguini al frutte de mare or Ravioli of the day and sit back with one of their perfectly crafted cocktails. There’s also a dessert menu to dig into which includes classics like tiramisu and ice souffle. Check out their full menu here.
📍16 Bulletin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia