Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Sydney

A Tavola
A Tavola

A Tavola Darlinghurst

In our on-going global food discovery journey, we’ve not met many who don’t love, LOVE, Italian food.  And whilst carbs have become somewhat of a taboo word in certain health circles, and we’re big balanced diet believers, you’ll never see us giving up that bowl of steamy hot, al dente goodness.  Pasta.  Risotto.  Osso Buco.  You name it we’ll devour it.  We love the diversity of the cuisine from North to South, the regional distinctions in flavours and ingredients and the oh so rustic and oh so seemingly simple dishes of 4 ingredients that taste like a mouthy masterpiece.

Yes, Italian is one of our favourite cuisines.  So, cast aside the carb haters and slurp up that spaghetti!  Life’s too short.

Check out our list of the best Italian Restaurants in Sydney, in no particular order:

  1. A TAVOLA
    Not only one of our favourite Italian restaurants, but one of our all time favourite Sydney restaurants, full stop.  We love the intimate restaurant and the consistently good food and service.  A real gem and go to for any occasion, any time.
    Read our review of A Tavola
    348 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst 
  2. LUCIO’S
    A long standing Italian fine dining staple.  Old school wait staff, elegant surroundings, exquisite food.  Oh, and just check out that art on the walls!
    Read our review of Lucio’s
    47 Windsor Street, Paddington 
  3. LUMI BAR & DINING
    A degustation only modern Italian menu is served in a relaxed, waterfront environment.  Exceptional cuisine.
    Read our review of LuMi Bar & Dining
    56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
  4. RESTAURANT PENDOLINO
    Award winning regional inspired Italian cuisine is served in this dark, traditional, elegant spaceIf you’re looking for a more casual option, try their sister restaurant located at the other end of the floor, La Rosa Bar & Pizza.
    Read our review of Restaurant Pendolino
    Level 2, The Strand, 412-414 George Street, Sydney
  5. ACME
    Cute and charming neighbourhood restaurant serving an innovative Italian menu and pushing the boundaries of flavours between Italian and Asian.
    Read our review of ACME
    60 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay
  6. FRATELLI PARADISO
    With Italian wait staff and a menu written only in Italian, this local has become a Sydney institution.  Dark, intimate and sexy.
    Read our review of Fratelli Paradiso
    12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point 
  7. JAMIE’S ITALIAN
    We love Jamie’s for a casual bite.  Enjoy Jamie’s signature style of rustic Italian fare – simple, uncomplicated and tasty.  Just beware the restaurant is always busy, so you may need to wait for a table.
    Read our review of Jamie’s Italian
    107 Pitt Street, Sydney
  8. ORMEGGIO AT THE SPIT
    Contemporary Italian cuisine is plated up in stunning waterfront surroundings.  Modern innovation at its best.  A la carte and degustation menus offered.
    Read our review of Ormeggio at The Spit
    D’Albora Marinas The Spit, Mosman 
  9. PILU AT FRESHWATER
    Offering exceptional Italian cuisine in a relaxed and elegant beach side setting with breathtaking ocean views.  Great for an occasion… or no occasion at all!
    Read our review of Pilu at Freshwater
    On the beach, Moore Road, Freshwater 
  10. OTTO RISTORANTE
    With its stunning location on The Finger Wharf, Otto is serving up fine modern Italian cuisine in elegant surroundings.
    Read our review of Otto Ristorante
    6 Cowper Road Wharf, Woolloomooloo

Buon appetito!

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