Whether you're after a candlelit trattoria serving the perfect ragu, a neighbourhood pizzeria or a noisy wine bar that trades in arancini and bresaola, Sydney has the answer. Pair with a good glass of montepulciano or nebbiolo, and you're all set. Here's where to find the city's best.

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Fratelli Paradiso


The restaurant that defined modern Italian dining in Sydney. Its wine list continues to be nothing short of groundbreaking, and introduced the city to many minimal-intervention styles that are now ubiquitous. Whether you’re stopping in for a vino or that iconic lasagnette bolognaise, Frat Paz nails it every time.

Restaurant 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point



In a lush courtyard behind a classic Bondi pub, Merivale’s original good-times Italian joint is all about pasta, Josper-grilled protein and very good wine. But no visit here is complete without an order of antipasti and puffy, pizza-sized flatbreads, which arrive at the table steaming hot from the woodfire oven.

283 Bondi Road, Bondi



If you’re looking for the theatre of a Michelin-starred Italian meal, without the European stiffness, look no further than this harbourside stunner. Come for Genovese-style pesto pounded tableside, a roving gelato cart, and a view over water so pretty that, if you squint, you might be fooled into thinking you're on the Amalfi Coast.

Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Alberto’s Lounge


Italian cuisine with a subtle Australian accent, matched with a wine list that bounces effortlessly between Italy’s Piedmont region and the Adelaide Hills. The Swillhouse group’s modern-day interpretation of a cool ’70s restaurant is everything we’ve come to expect from one the city’s best operators.

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney

Paski Vineria Popolare


This versatile Italian spot has three class acts spread across two levels. Downstairs is a bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And upstairs is a colourful restaurant with pasta and wines you won’t find elsewhere. From the minds of celebrated wine importers Giorgio de Maria and Mattia Dicati, and chef Enrico Tomelleri.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Pellegrino 2000


At this garage-style trattoria from the team behind Bistrot 916, you can disappear into delicate prawn ravioli in rich brown butter and sage sauce, a list of mainly Italian vino and a lively soundtrack spanning afrobeat and Italian pop. The seats on the footpath looking into the buzzy dining room are, ironically, some of the best in the house.

80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills



A sexy wine bar from the team behind Love, Tilly Devine, where the pasta menu changes almost daily and comes supplied by its retail sibling, Fabbrica a few blocks away. You might order cavatelli with pippies and house-made pork sausage one day, and goat ragu mafaldine the next.

Shop 3 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

LuMi Bar & Dining


In the hands of Federico Zanellato, the fusion of Japanese and Italian cuisines makes so much sense, it’s a wonder why more people aren’t doing it. Settle in for an ambitious degustation with matched wines, and the serene views of Pyrmont Bay will keep you occupied between courses.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

10 William St


Set over two storeys in an iconic Paddington terrace, Sydney’s most experimental wine bar has Italian swagger in spades. Come for pastas that are anything but traditional, and a pretzel with whipped bottarga that’s so spectacular it’s never left the menu. The wine list changes so frequently, you could visit three times in a week and never get bored.

10 William Street, Paddington

Ormeggio at the Spit


There’s nowhere else quite like chef-restaurateur Alessandro Pavoni’s waterside institution. While the trifecta of seafood, crisp Italian wines and house-made gelato mostly succeeds in capturing the essence of a coastal Italian diner, those Middle Harbour views from Ormeggio’s breezy dining room make for a quintessential Sydney experience.

D'Albora Marinas The Spit Spit Road, Mosman

Pilu at Freshwater


Masquerading as a beach house, Pilu serves modern takes on classic Sardinian food, including pasta shapes unique to the Italian region. It’s a place of breezy long lunches and elegant dinners, with ocean views that can’t be beaten on a cracking Sydney day. A northern beaches fine-dining gem.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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The Porteno group’s Holt Street eatery pays tribute to the group’s seminal venue Bodega (which used to be right around the corner) of the early noughties, combined with a ’60s-era Italian trattoria. Pull up at one of the mint terrazzo tables for vibrant antipasti, seasonal house-made pastas and a knockout drinks list.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Bar Totti's


Set within Merivale’s sprawling Ivy Precinct, Bar Totti’s is more than just a facsimile of the Bondi original. It brings together the best bit of the OG (signature pastas, outstanding antipasti and woodfired flatbreads), but has a few of its own tricks, too. Notably, regular DJ sets and a late-trading licence to keep the good times rolling for longer.

4/330 George Street, Sydney



The spiritual successor to its former tenant, Limoncello. The southern Italian vibe here has been nailed, which is no surprise given the hospitality guns running the show. But it’s all about the pizza – perfectly light, elastic dough that won’t leave you bloated and lethargic.

29 Bay Street, Double Bay

Matteo Downtown


A cosmopolitan Italian diner with enough marble to sink a ship. It’s a spin-off of Matteo’s in Double Bay, and the pizza is just as good. This place has a few of its own moves though – notably, an executive chef who was trained by the inventor of Roman-style pizza.

20 Bond Street, Sydney

Restaurant Leo


The laneway eatery is a collaboration by top Sydney chefs Federico Zanellato (Lumi Dining) and Karl Firla (ex-Oscillate Wildly). While they’re both renowned for innovative fine-dining concepts, Leo is their ode to rustic Italian cuisine. That said, your pasta may come with truffles when they’re in season.

2-12 1 Angel Place, Sydney

Civico 47


In the former home of Paddington institution Lucio’s, this homey diner carries on its predecessor’s legacy with classic Italian dishes, non-traditional pastas and a selection of mainly Italian wines.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington



This is the godfather of Italian dining in Sydney. Beppi’s has been ticking-over with the same consistency, fit-out and leather-bound menus – hand-carved by the late Beppi Polese himself – since 1956. Immortal dishes include clams and mussels with garlic, olive oil, white vino and tomato; and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, basil and mushrooms.

21 Yurong Street (Corner Stanley Street), East Sydney

Buon Ricordo


The old-school Italian with the iconic green door has been kicking hard since 1987 with honest Napoli-style fare including hand-made pastas, fish and beautifully prepared meat courses. The tablecloths are white, the upholstery is floral and the service is pitch-perfect.

108 Boundary Street, Paddington

Bar Vincent


Though the offering at Bar Vincent is ever-changing, you can always count on fresh oysters, complimentary house-baked bread and a razor-sharp wine program. Dishes usually skew Italian, and those intimate, candlelit nooks make for a romantic setting to enjoy them in.

174 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Da Orazio


At this pretty corner spot just back from the beach, one of the city’s best chefs is serving perfectly puffy pizzas and a Sydney-famous porchetta roll. Plus pastas, carafes of wine and tiramisu.

Shop LG09 The Hub 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

A Tavola Bondi


Like the Darlinghurst original, pasta takes pride of place at A Tavola Bondi. Try all shapes and sizes here alongside seafood-heavy Italian fare, or learn to roll your own in a pasta-making masterclass led by the chefs. There’s a fun coastal vibe and plenty of wine involved either way.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Osteria di Russo & Russo


It’s styled after an old-school trattoria, but this enduring eatery serves thoroughly modern interpretations of Italian cuisine – often with native produce. And though the wine list reveres the classics from Piedmont and Tuscany, Australian producers are given equal weighting here. An Enmore classic for a reason.

158 Enmore Road, Enmore

Cicciabella Parramatta Square


The sequel to Maurice Terzini’s landmark Bondi Italian restaurant continues the pared-back “cucina povera” style of Italian cooking the restaurateur has long been enamoured with. That means woodfired Florentine steaks, comforting pastas and pizzas, served in a contemporary space that’s both spacious and minimalist.

Parramatta Square 153 Macquarie Street, Parramatta
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Buffalo Dining Club


The club’s signature cacio e pepe is served hot inside a hollowed-out wheel of Pecorino Romano, imported once a month from Sardinia, Italy. That’s how serious this slick diner is about cheese. Score a seat at the communal table with some quality European booze and get down to business.

116 Surrey St, Darlinghurst

Otto Ristorante


Halfway down Woollomooloo’s picturesque Finger Wharf, Otto has been celebrating la dolce vita for more than 20 years. Also, seasonal produce in the form of modern Italian dishes – best enjoyed from the seats that spill out onto the wharf overlooking the sparkling harbour.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
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Marta Osteria


Roman food is defined by simple preparations, quality ingredients and liberal amounts of olive oil. Few places in Sydney represent the cuisine better than Marta. Cacio e pepe is king here, backed up by Roman-style pizzas and classic Italian cocktails with a twist.

30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay

Il Baretto


One of the city’s Italian stalwarts, Il Baretto made the move from Surry hills to the Paddo Inn a few years back. Otherwise, it’s barely changed since 1999. The generous bowls of beef-cheek-ragu pappardelle are still here, along with the same convivial family feel.

338 Oxford Street, Paddington



A tiny neighbourhood restaurant that feels like an Italian family’s living room. In the kitchen, a former A Tavola chef is hand-rolling pastas, churning butter and making gelato in a tiny kitchen that punches well above its weight. It’s all accompanied by a crowd-pleasing mix of Italian and Australian wines.

137 Cleveland Street, Darlington



Whether you visit this lively Italian spot for lunch or dinner, you can be sure the pasta has been handmade fresh that morning. Pair your plates with a drop from the healthy selection of natural vino courtesy of Winona around the corner.

Shop 8 2-12 Pittwater Road, Manly



Sagra is one of Darlo's quiet achievers. The dining room is laid-back, the menu wallet-friendly and there's something here for just about everyone. The tight pasta selection is particularly worth your time, as is the sharp curation of Italian vino.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
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Cicerone Cucina Romana


On a leafy Surry Hills street, this graffitied Italian joint serves Roman-style pizzas from a woodfired oven, nostalgic carbonara and natural vino courtesy of Giorgio De Maria Fun Wines.

417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Chiosco by Ormeggio


The casual counterpart to Alessandro Pavoni's celebrated Italian restaurant, Ormeggio at the Spit. The food and service are just as excellent, but the atmosphere and dishes here are a little more relaxed. Settle in with some antipasti harbourside and soak up the scenery.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman
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A visit to Fontana is like taking a Mediterranean holiday. The menu is a love letter to regional Italian dishes, backed up by a thoughtful curation of natural wines and aperitivo. To find it, ascend the classic red-carpeted staircase between a Mexican diner and a kebab shop.

Upstairs 133A Redfern Street, Redfern