Sydney, Australia’s buzzing city filled with culture, adventure, plenty of sun, and good times. One thing Sydney is also famous for however is its array of wonderful food from all over the world.
Though the first unofficial cuisine of Sydney might be Thai, Italian is a close second and some of the finest dining eateries have been influenced directly by Italian menus.
From budget-friendly pizzerias to locations suited for a fancy authentic Italian dining experience, in this article, we go through some of our favorite Italian restaurants in the city, taking into consideration food, budget, location, occasion, and style, meaning there truly is something for everyone.
165 Mills Street, Albert Park Victoria 3206
Located on Mills Street, Ragazzi is home to some of the city’s best wine and pasta.
Offering 250 different types of wine from classic to contemporary, Ragazzi highlights the authentic Italian art of winemaking whilst also paying recognition to the growing use of native Italian variations used in Australia.
As far as food is concerned, their chef crafts all the pasta on their menu by hand on-site using primo produce, whilst paying respects to traditional tasty shapes and sauces. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience, Ragazzi is the perfect place.
75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, New South Wales 2026
Home to local Italian dining, CicciaBella is fueled by a wood-fired oven and modern approach, allowing you to eat in your personalized style.
Pair their wood oven pasta with a tall glass of wine with a natural lean from both Australia and Bel Paese and relax as you experience a range of flavor combinations that can only be provided by this popular Terznini restaurant.
44 City Road, Broadway, New South Wales 2007
An Italian that is intimate, cozy, low-lit, and perfect for date night is Kindred, located on City Road. If it’s a homemade carb feast you’re after, look no further than Kindred.
A rustic Italian that is focused on making products in the house from bread to butter, you’re promised a wholesome and delicious Italian experience in the city.
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi New South Wales 2026
If you’re after an Italian restaurant with a view, look no further than Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. Perched above Bondi Beach, they offer caviar and truffles on their menu, pasta influenced by Asian flavors such as their famous kangaroo ragu, and of course a perfectly cooked biscetta.
Expect class and fancy dining at Icebergs, a perfect place for a special occasion or big anniversary.
205 Victoria Road, Marrickville New South Wales 2204
Pizza Madre is a modern and sleek pizza restaurant located in Marrickville and promises its visitors only the finest local ingredients.
From fresh cheeses which are sources only footsteps away from the restaurant, to herbs picked by one of the owners and native ingredients such as saltbush from a nearby suburb, you will struggle to find food that is fresher anywhere else in the city.
Try one of their delicious woodfired pizzas with wild-yeasted sourdough, cheese, and fresh vegetables, or opt for one of their famous vegan pizzas with toppings from seasoned broccoli and pine nuts to caramelized onion and Brussel sprouts.
If you’re after sustainability and unique flavor, Pizza Madre is more than worth a visit.
283 Bondi Road, Bondi New South Wales 2026
You’ll find Totti’s at Bondi, tucked away inside what looks like an old pub. However, if you venture into the courtyard, you’ll be greeted by two beautiful olive trees and it promises to be the perfect location for a long stylish lunch.
It’s a local Italian that prides itself on sharing good food, lots of laughs, and fun times with family. Try some of their small plates or delicious antipasti before moving on to flavor-packed pasta from Eggert or chicken cooked in a Josper charcoal oven.
Don’t forget to pair with some organic wine or a retro-Italian-inspired spritz to top off all the flavor.
417-421 Bourke Street, Surrey Hills New South Wales 2010
Offering some of the city’s best-woodfired pizzas, lasagne, and Italian cocktails, it doesn’t get much better than Maybe Frank, located on Bourke Street.
We always would recommend you go for the pizzas, one with eggplant, salami, and taleggio-washed rind cheese, or one with as many capers, anchovies, and olives that will fit on top of the crust.
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, 2011
With a reputation as one of the city’s most respected dining institutions, Otto Ristorante Sydney offers refined service of some of the best Italian cuisine around, cooked and prepared by chef Richar Ptacnik.
For alfresco dining and waterside views, Otto is the standout place. Enjoy a long glass of wine and flavorsome pasta dish whilst relaxing in the Australian sun and know that you’re in safe hands in a restaurant that is not only popular but has a die-hard fan base.
171 Norton Street, Leichhardt New South Wales 2040
A little red sauce joint located on Norton Street, if you want tradition, this is what you’ve been waiting for. A budget-friendly option and enthusiastic servers, if you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant where you’ll feel warm and welcome, Bar Italia is perfect.
We recommend the fettucini Amatricana followed by their famous strong coffee and fresh cannoli with tiramisu gelato, a real Italian delight.
12 16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point, New South Wales 2011
Located on Potts Point, this staple Italian restaurant is a sustainable, popular, and always busy destination for tourists and locals alike.
A simple dining room with a chalkboard across a whole wall, Fratelli Paradiso offers a casual Italian dining experience filled with homemade carbs, delicious cheese, and a variety of freshly cooked meats.
Offering traditional dishes like ragu, lasagne, and bolognaise, to the most adventurous dishes we highly recommend like a one-kilo bistecca Fiorentina and a crumbed veal cutlet, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Pair with a glass of Australian wine and follow with some of their famous mango gelato and you’re in for a tasty treat.
30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay New South Wales 2011
You’ll find one of Sydney’s most popular Italian kitchens, inspired by traditional flavors and the streets of Rome in Rushcutters Bay.
Transport yourself to Italy’s capital at Marta with a greatest hits menu inspired by the ten years Flavio Carnevale spent in the city, from fried gnocchi to Roman pizza, there is something for everyone.
Moore Road, Freshwater New South Wales 2096
Pilu at Freshwater is great if you’re looking for a venue for a special event. They cater for weddings, birthdays, christenings, corporate presentations, book and product launches, and even client dinners.
Any event which you need good food and wine, Pilu at Freshwater can deliver. It is a Sardinian fine diner perched above Freshwater beach and promises to transport you to a vacation destination as you dine on some fine Italian cuisine.
2-12/1 Angel Place, Sydney New South Wales 2000
Restaurant Leo is a new city diner by Lumi Dining and Oscillate Wildly, who have combined creative forces to bring you a fresh facetted dining concept and espresso bar in the dynamic Angel place and Ash Street in Sydney.
Seasonal produce is used to provide high-quality Italian cuisine and paired with coffee as a result of their alliance with Little Marionette coffee and a versatile cocktail and wine list, every element of your experience at Restaurant Leo is carefully thought out to make you want to keep going back for more.
412-414 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010
At the heart and soul of this hotel lies the Dolphin Dining Room, a casual dining space that focuses on provenance-driven Italo-Australian food and an extensive wine list of over 100 local and international wines with a natural wine focus.
The space consists of an open kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven that was designed by architect, George Livissianis and the walls are covered with pieces by Beni Single and floral sculptures by Tracey Deep.
For glamour and fine dining, and a place from the man who brought you Icebergs, The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room should be kept for fine dining and special occasions.
17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney New South Wales 2000
For good food, good music, good times, and good wine, Alberto’s Lounge has it all. An Italian restaurant and bar, the lounge pays respect to both the Italy of Lygon Street, as well as the streets of Rome.
An Italian sibling of the French bistro, Hubert, Alberto’s Lounge is the place to load your table with rich dishes of freshly prepared gnocchi, tripe, and expensive wine.
The cacio e pepe gnocchi is our top recommendation, served in pecorino butter with a hefty serving of black pepper.
You’ll be greeted by vintage posters and prints as you walk through the door and pigeonholes full of wine that you’re guaranteed to be tasting throughout the night. Popular with visitors from miles around, Alberto’s promises not to disappoint.