The 15 Best Italian Restaurants In Melbourne

Italian food is undoubtedly one of the most flavoursome and wholesome cuisines in the world and Italian chefs are therefore renowned for their culinary excellence.

Whether you are looking for dutifully and lovingly prepared Italian favourites like pasta and pizza or you are looking for intricately crafted alternatives, you are guaranteed to find the restaurant to suit your individual and collectivised tastes in the list below.

Read on to find out more about the best 15 Italian restaurants in the city of Melbourne. 

15 Best Italian Restaurants In Melbourne

Emilia

This is the perfect spot for lunchtime diners who are craning Italian delicacy. Their bolognese is made on a daily basis and is guaranteed to be fresh and their spinach and ricotta ravioli is far from plain.

The service is efficient and you’ll leave here feeling fully sufficed and ready to carry on tackling the day’s tasks with energy!

Location: 360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Wed-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm

Di Stasio Citta

This is undoubtedly one of the finest Italian restaurants in the city. It is the sister restaurant of Café Di Stasio, another highly popular venue. The atmosphere will encourage you to fully relax and have a wholesome experience with friends and family alike.

The pasta is entirely house-made and as such, you will be coming back time and time again to taste the authentic dishes on offer.

Location: 45 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm

Bar Carolina

This restaurant has an authentically Italian atmosphere and the terrazzo flooring exemplifies this ambience. This is the best spot for an exquisite Italian steak and the menu also boasts a beautiful range of fish options.

Wash that wholesome food down with one of their delightful cocktails to maximise your experience, it’s not called ‘Bar Carolina’ for no reason!

Location: 44 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
Opening Hours: Mon-Tues 5:30pm-10pm, Wed-Sun 11:30am-10pm

Cicciolina 

This Italian restaurant has been open since 1993 and the food reflects over twenty years of excellence. It has become a renowned favourite amongst Melbournian locals due to the phenomenal food that is served here.

If you find yourself waiting for this popular Italian-spot, then you can head straight to the bar and sample a pleasing variety of Italian wine. This is the perfect venue for a date night!

Location: 130 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm

Grossi Florentino

If you are seeking a fine-dining, Italian experience then this is the restaurant for you. Their elite serve is undoubtedly good and the food is served in three courses to ensure that you are satisfied in every way.

If you are just popping in over a lunch-hour, then you should sample the delights on offer on their Veloce quick menu. This is not one to miss!

Location: 80 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 12pm-10pm, Sat 6pm-10pm, Sun Closed

Osteria Ilaria 

This is the perfect restaurant for flavoursome Italian meats. It boasts a wide range of cutlets ranging from lamb to duck and serves a 48-hour fermented sourdough.

If you are looking for pasta dishes, look elsewhere, but if you are seeking the finest meat in the whole of Brisbane prepared with Italian culinary excellence, then this is definitely the spot for you!

Location: 367 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun Closed

Tipo 00

This restaurant is conveniently located next door to the aforementioned Osteria Ilaria for those who are seeking authentic Italian pasta. If you are looking for a more experimental option, then the squid-ink tagliolini or the sage tortellini are the best options for you.

This is renowned for being one of the best restaurants in Melbourne for its innovative pasta dishes.

Location: 361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun Closed

Baby

15 Best Italian Restaurants In Melbourne

The simplistically named ‘Baby’ is far from simplistic in reality. They hand craft their mozzarella to create the stringiest cheese with the most awe-inspiring flavour.

They’re also one of the only restaurants in Melbourne that serves a wholesome all-day Italian-style breakfast that includes shaved pancetta and deliciously flavoursome scrambled eggs. You’ll certainly be crying like a baby if you don’t find a seat here!

Location: 631-633 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-12pm

Rosa’s Canteen

If you are looking for specifically Sicilian cuisine, then this is the restaurant for you. Rosa’s only uses the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients and sources them locally as opposed to utilising over fancy imported food.

The flavours will tantalise and energise your tastebuds and they also present their recipes on their website enabling you to learn the tricks of the trade for yourself. 

Location: Corner Little Bourke & Thomson St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-9pm, Sat-Sun Closed

Massi

This restaurant serves simple Italian options and rarely uses over eight different ingredients per meal. Their priority is flavour and they don’t believe in overwhelming their dishes.

Their wine menu is constantly alternating to ensure that you are only sampling the finest Italian droplets! This is definitely not the restaurant to sleep in.

Location: 445 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Mon 11am-3pm, Tues-Fri 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun Closed

Capitano

This restaurant uniquely specialises in american-italian cuisine, which means that you’re guaranteed to be served hearty portions.

The pizza here is phenomenal and there are so many choices to choose from that the menu has been divided into ‘Pizza’ and ‘Not Pizza’ options. If you are looking for heartily prepared food, then this is the spot for you.

Location: 421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm

Scopri

This resultant is aptly named after the Italian word for ‘discover’ and you will undoubtedly discover your new favourite Italian dish at this restaurant. This menu also alternates seasonally so you will be able to discover another favoured-dish time and time again!

They only utilise the freshest ingredients and their own-farmed produce, ensuring that your food can be authentically and organically traced at every stage of its journey.

Location: 191 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Mon-Sun Closed

Il Bacaro 

This restaurant has maintained a continual and reword presence on the Italian restaurant scene due to the sheer excellence of its food. It’s wine menu also boasts over 400 wine options and as such, you are guaranteed to find the best wine to compliment your meal.

Their waiters are expertly trained to know which wine will best suit your palate and you will leave feeling overly satisfied by the high standard of service on offer at Il Bacaro.

Location: 168-170 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun Closed

Park Street Pasta & Wine

This restaurant prepares its pasta in a distinctively unique way, using machinery to extrude the delightfully doughy macaroni, pasta and penne options.

This is a wholesome, authentic means of guaranteeing that your pasta is freshly prepared, so you will appreciate every single mouthful of the culinary excellence on offer at Park Street.

Location: 268 Park Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:45am-10pm

Lupo

This restaurant uniquely identifies its food as being traditionally Italian without the need to utilise traditional ingredients. Do not be put off by this seemingly contradictory statement as once you have tried their wagyu lasagne, crab, scallops or sunrise lime lasagne, you will not regret It!

They are also one of the more inclusive venues on this list as they serve a range of gluten-free and vegan alternatives. This is a favoured spot amongst Melbournians for a reason.

Location: 300 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 6pm-10pm, Mon Closed

Rosetta Ristorante (BONUS)

The bonus selection on this list is the Rosetta Ristorante. This restaurant serves food crafted by the celebrity chef Neil Perry and is renowned for being one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the whole of Melbourne.

The wood fired lamb is to die for and they also boast over 16 variations of house-made pasta.

The dining experience is also complimented by the outdoor dining area where you are able to look across the Yarra River and as such, this is undoubtedly the best spot for a first date in the whole of Melbourne! 

In conclusion, Melbourne boasts a wide range of italian restaurants, ranging from canteen-style eateries to fine dining alternatives and as such, you are guaranteed to find the right restaurant to satisfy your italian cravings.

Whether you are looking for hearty, traditionally american-italian options like pizza or you are seeking flavoursome seafood and meat dishes, you will definitely find the option to suit your individual palate from the list above.

Melbourne has garnered a reputation for serving the very best food from around the world and there is no cuisine that is more intrinsically laden with culinary excellence than Italian cuisine.

Therefore, it is important that this city gets it right when it comes to Italian food and I guarantee you will be served food that has been prepared with years of skill and culinary expertise. 

Dylan Cole