Italian is woven into Adelaide's food fabric. For many of us, it's our first choice in terms of familiarity and everyday eating. Some of the restaurants in this guide have been feeding us for decades. They haven't changed a bit, and we hope they never do. Even places that have opened more recently tend to lean classic. It's hard to change up Italian too much, it was pretty much nailed the first time around.

So this guide was difficult to narrow down. Chances are you'll see a lot of your favourites in here; but it's just as likely some will be missing. That speaks to the breadth of choice at Adelaide's disposal nowadays.

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Nido

A suburban aperitivo bar with handmade pasta and a tight Italian wine list.

Shop 2 160 King William Road, Hyde Park
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Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar

The same pizza and pasta that’s been around for decades. But no one wants it to change.

Shop 1 and 2, Western Wall Adelaide Central Market Gouger Street, Adelaide

Osteria Oggi

This diner raised the bar for Italian food in Adelaide when it opened in 2015, and it's just as good as ever. Visit for excellent hand-made pasta, hearty share-plates and one of the best cellars in town. It's all set within one of South Australia's most awarded restaurant interiors.

76 Pirie Street, Adelaide
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Etica

One of Adelaide's best traditional Neapolitan pizzerias, and everything is made with ethically-sourced produce. Pizzas are the focus here, but there's a tight selection of pastas and antipasti, too.

125 Gilles Street, Adelaide

Casa Carboni

This Italian restaurant, wine bar, and cooking school has close ties with the local market. Next time you're in the Barossa, be sure to book in.

67 Murray Street, Angaston

Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante

The menu hasn’t changed in over two decades – no one wants it to. You can find nearly every dish in the Southern Italian culinary canon here, but special marks go to the pizza.

29 Frome Street, Adelaide

Orso

This swish bistro from restaurateur Andre Ursini is the grand counterpart to next-door deli and small bar, Willmott's Gastronomia. Come for rustic, wood-fired, pan-Italian fare. And most ingredients come from Ursini's 20-acre property in the Adelaide Hills.

36 Kensington Road, Rose Park

Anchovy Bandit

This Prospect Road pizzeria has a freewheeling Italian menu that's not bound by tradition. Come for wood-fired pizzas, house-made pasta, a killer vitello tonnato and a lengthy list of alchoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.

3/98 Prospect Road, Prospect

Est Pizzeria

Squeeze in for wood oven pizzas and a palate-challenging drink.

30 East Terrace, Adelaide

Pizzateca

“Oztalian” pizza and local wines to match. This is destination pizza: it's well worth planning a trip to the Adelaide Hills for this spot alone.

319 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale

Borsa Pasta Cucina

A traditional bistro dining experience.

Shop 1, Plaza Level 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Blue Velvet Artisan Pizzeria, Pastry and Dessert Lab

Italian-born husband-and-wife team Paolo Rosina and Ilenia Scuderi bring traditional (and not-so traditional) pizza and pastries to Henley Beach Road.

70 Henley Beach Road, Mile End

Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room

It’s all about decadent dining at this New York-Style Italian Restaurant. Riffs on traditional dishes include “Roman Vegemite” soldiers, lasagne pizza and steak frites with Italian bearnaise. Settle into one of the intimate booths or get a ringside seat at the striking marble bar.

27 Leigh Street, Adelaide
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Madre Lievito

The Pizzateca crew’s second venue is a very traditional (but swish-looking) Neapolitan pizzeria. And it's serving up pies that are just as good, if not better, than its McLaren Vale progenitor.

57 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

Pizza e Mozzarella Bar

Forget fryers and pans. These Southern Italian dishes are cooked solely in brick ovens.

33 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Ruby Red Flamingo

Last-supper-meets-Nonna’s-kitchen style dining. Our advice is to just let your waiter dishes from the ever-changing menu. That will let you focus on what's important: getting to know the very smashable wine list.

142 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Coccobello

This relaxed Italian diner does just about everything really well. The pizza is great, and so is the pasta, but it's the space – stucco walls, large outdoor terrace, Mediterranean feel – that will really transport you to Italy.

209 Glen Osmond Road, Frewville

Chicco Palms

A California-inspired pizza bar serving Italo-American classics. The pizzas here are undeniably great, but it's the atmosphere that will really keep you coming back.

437 Henley Beach Road, Brooklyn Park

Antica Pizzeria Hyde Park

Real-deal Neapolitan pizzas and metre-long pies. And they're more than just a gimmick, too – they're seriously good, and an ideal option if you're booking for a larger group (or an ambitious small group).

144B King William Road, Hyde Park

Sunny's Pizza

You'll ask yourself the following when you enter Sunny's: is this a pizza place, that just happens to feel like an absolute belter of a house party? Or is this a party bar that just so happens to have fantastic pizzas?

17 Solomon Street, Adelaide

Aces Pizza and Liquor

Italian-American style pizza, pasta and salads from Andrew Fantasia, the man behind Hustle & Vine wine. It's all within a space that looks ripped straight out of 1950s New York – make a beeline for the glossy leather bar stools.

61-63 Grote Street, Adelaide
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Melt

A relaxed pizzeria from the group behind Press* Food and Wine, Bread & Bone and Osteria Oggi.

1/160 King William Road, Hyde Park
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Midnight Spaghetti

Home-style Italian food and Euro-kitsch above one of Adelaide’s favourite pubs.

196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
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