Italian Restaurants are renowned for their culinary excellence and Brisbane’s community of Italian-based restaurants certainly does not disappoint.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty, authentic pasta dish or want to wrap your jaws around the finest pizzas, read on to discover the 15 best Italian restaurants in the city of Brisbane.
Location: Shop 11, 15 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
The food at Bucci’s is specifically designed to cultivate the perfect night out with loved ones.
You’ll find modernised versions of traditional Italian dishes alongside classic pasta options.
Their seafood is undoubtedly their standout feature and if you’d rather sample their alcoholic cocktails instead, Bucci’s bar offers a variety of phenomenal concoctions to quench your thirst.
For a more detailed review of Bucci, please see here.
Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-late, Tues Closed.
Editor’s Update: Sadly, Bucci Restuarant & Bar has closed. As this is the case, why not check out the following eatery instead…?
Location: Level 4 480 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 Ph: (07) 3835 2888
If you’re seeking authentic, Italian food that tastes just as good as it looks, then Otto Ristorante is the Italian restaurant for you.
It’s menu is filled with simple yet delicious options and the seasonally-shifting menu choices mean that you’ll always have the freshest and finest ingredients to stimulate your palate.
And yes. This is the sister restaurant of Otto on Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo in Sydney.
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Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-2pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Location: 164B Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Ph: (07) 3151 1898
Mosconi is undoubtedly one of the finest Italian restaurants in the whole of Brisbane. It is also the perfect venue for events and functions.
Your guest will be entranced by the hearty menu that contains all of the traditional, authentic, Italian favourites.
For those who are dining in a small group, the menu alternates on a monthly basis which ensures that you’ll always have a fresh variety of exciting new dishes to choose from.
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Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-4pm, Mon-Tues Closed
Location: Level 2, 300 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 Ph: (07) 3505 1417
‘Persone’ is the Italian word for ‘People’ and this restaurant undoubtedly offers the perfect setting for work events and social occasions.
Their friendly service, amazing array of Italian food, and incredible views all make for the perfect setting. It was also voted the best Italian Restaurant in Queensland in 2020 which speaks for itself.
If you’re unsure what to order, try their Banchetto (Banquet). It offers a hand-picked selection from across the regular menu. Yum!
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Opening Hours: Tues-Thurs 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun-Mon Closed.
Location: 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005 Ph: (07) 3358 1063
This restaurant and bar is located in the Brisbane Powerhouse entertainment hotspot.
Before going to watch a comedy show or a live music event, be sure to experience the phenomenal Italian options on offer at Bar Alto. Your taste buds will thank you for it whilst you take in the jaw dropping views of the Brisbane River.
This restaurant also showcases their recipes on their website so you can attempt to recreate their culinary excellence back at home.
However, dining in and experiencing their culinary expertise first-hand is thoroughly recommended!
Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 11:30am-late, Mon-Tues Closed
Location: 77 Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Ph: (07) 3844 2655
Julius Pizzeria has undoubtedly had an impact on the Italian restaurant scene within Brisbane. This restaurant is walk-in only which gives it a casual, calm vibe.
There is an extensive range of pizza, pasta and cocktail options and this venue is the perfect restaurant to begin a night out in Brisbane with friends.
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Opening Hours: Tues-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thur 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon Closed.
Location: Shop 3 321 Montague Road, West End, QLD 4101 Ph: (07) 3532 3875
This pizza bar adopts a scientific approach to its pizza making. After extensive research and experimentation, Lupa Pizza Bar has created a dough base that won’t leave you feeling heavy or exhausted.
It is light, crispy and fresh, and layered with a range of house-made ingredients and sauces. This is truly a unique, Italian experience and a highly recommended option.
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Opening Hours: Wed-Thur 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-8pm, Mon-Tues Closed.
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Location: 5/158 Moray Street, New Farm, QLD 4005 Ph: (07) 3358 6658
This Michelin Star restaurant is guaranteed to deliver the highest quality of service. They’ve even started a blind tasting experience where the chef specifically creates dishes for yourself and your party.
You are able to choose from five, seven or nine-course meals and the exciting, experimental flavours are to die for.
All of these dishes use fresh ingredients and local produce to deliver an authentic Australian-Italian experience.
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Opening Hours: Tues-Wed 5:30pm-10pm, Thurs 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sun-Mon Closed.
Editor’s Note: We have heard that Vine is temporarily closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
Location: 10 Vernon Terrace, Florence St, Teneriffe, QLD 4005 Ph: (07) 3666 0207
This is the sister restaurant to the aforementioned Julius Pizzeria. However, Beccofino undoubtedly makes its own mark.
It’s crispy dough will erase any memories you may have of soggy crusts in an instant.
You’ll also find a wholesome range of authentic, pasta dishes and hearty desserts to leave happy and satisfied.
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Opening Hours: Tues-Thur 5:30pm-late, Fri-Sun 12pm-late, Mon Closed.
Location: 1-12 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102 Ph: (07) 3392 4315
At this Italian restaurant, it is the extensive selection of wine that steals the show.
1889 Enoteca specialises in Roman Italian cuisine and pairs all of your favourite, traditional Italian meals with skilfully created wines.
Their private wine cellar contains every variety of grape that you could imagine and these wines will be sure to tantalise your senses.
If you are seeking an authentic, decadent experience, then this restaurant is the place for you.
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Opening Hours: Tues-Thur 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Mon Closed.
Location: 2 King Street, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006 Ph: (07) 3638 0494
Next on our look at the best Italian restaurants in Brisbane is Il Verde.
If fresh, sustainably sourced produce is what you are after then look no further than this dining space.
This restaurant’s emphasis on fresh ingredients ensures that you will feel positive about what you’re eating whilst you fill your stomach.
It also has a pasta dish that is served direct from a wheel of cheese. This is a must try!
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Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-2pm, Mon-Thur 5:30pm-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm, Sun 5pm-8:30pm.
Location: 33 Caxton Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 Ph: (07) 3369 9500
This restaurant has been in business for approximately 60 years and thus have become experts in the Italian restaurant scene.
The linguini marina, grilled scallop and mouth-watering mussels are a flavour explosion that any seafood lover will adore.
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sat 1pm-4pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sun-Mon Closed.
Location: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Ph: (07) 3852 1500
Tartufo is undoubtedly one of the finest Italian restaurants in the whole of Brisbane.
Their freshly made bread and handcrafted pizza bases ensure that you have an authentic, delicious, dining experience. And all within a warm atmosphere that is just as satisfying as their hearty, Italian food.
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Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm-2pm, 6pm-8pm.
Location: 80 Oxley Rd, Chelmer, QLD 4068 Ph: (07) 3075 5101
This Italian restaurant boasts a Michelin Star chef and this is undoubtedly evident in the food that they serve. From the entree onwards, this is a taste, texture and visual feast.
The dessert menu is also phenomenal and makes this restaurant stand out as one of the best in Brisbane. Their Sporcamusi All Fruita is a well known favourite and infuses puff pastry with a divine custard cream.
If you’re looking for authentic, Italian desserts then this is definitely the restaurant to choose.
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Opening Hours: Wed-Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Mon-Tues Closed.
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Location: Shop 3 Sidon Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Ph: (07) 3846 7784
Last but not least on our run through the best Italian restaurants in Brisbane is Popolo.
This Italian restraint is the perfect place to sample the finest homemade pizza and antipasto.
There is also an extensive list of pasta options amongst a wide selection of tapas and sharing platters. It is the perfect venue for family events and gatherings of friends and/or work colleagues.
This dining space is also unique in that it sells pre-made picnic baskets containing a vast array of hearty, Italian food. Perfect if you are looking to have a picnic in the glorious Brisbane sunshine!
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Opening Hours: Wed 5pm-9pm, Thur-Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm, Mon-Tues Closed.
Location: Marinara Hawthorne, 254 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, QLD 4171 Ph: 0459 033 487 & Marinara Trattoria, 34 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064 Ph: 0480 284 636 & Marinara Restaurant Clayfield, 712 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield, QLD 4011 Ph: 0460 721 049
Whichever Marinara Restaurant you frequent, you’ll find the same thing. Authentic Italian, served with care, in a traditional trattoria setting.
If you crave a big bowl of Pasta, this is the place to come. From the Fettuccine Carbonara ($29.90) to the comforting Baked Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli ($29.90), every dish is hearty and well-executed. Personally, we’re fans of the Scaloppine Al Marsala ($33.90) – a delicate Pan-Fried Scallopine in an addictive Marsala Cream Sauce. However, other people come for the ever-popular hand made Pizzas.
Whatever you choose, you’ll be greeted like old friends when you arrive and served with warmth for the long of your meal.
No wonder the Marinara eateries are amongst the top Italian restaurants in Brisbane.
To conclude, Brisbane boasts a wide range of authentic, Italian restaurants that serve hearty, traditional dishes as well as more experimental alternatives.
Italian food is renowned for its culinary expertise and these Italian restaurants make the perfect venue for family reunions or work-based events.
Whether you are seeking a light, crispy pizza or a creamy carbonara, you will be sure to find the perfect choice for your tastes in the restaurants that I have listed above.
These venues are demonstrative of the finest and freshest food that Brisbane has to offer. What’s more, all of these dining rooms source their ingredients from local suppliers and pride themselves on the quality of their food.