The Best Italian Restaurants in Brisbane

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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, Brisbane 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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  • If you’re after the cream of Italian dining in Brisbane, look no further. This place serves real-deal Roman food, and is officially recognised as one of the world’s best Italian restaurants outside the motherland for its stellar wine list.

  • This elegant Italian restaurant lives in the former Stokehouse Q site. It's a perfect fit – one of the city’s best restaurants deserves one of its best locations. Whether you're here for the main event or the more casual Otto Osteria, you're in for some superlative drinking and dining .

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  • Housed inside an 1890's brick building in The Valley, this moody Italian diner and wine bar lists more than 150 sustainable drops from Sicily and beyond. House-baked breads, pastas and antipasti sidle refined mains with a traditional twist.

  • Hit this south-side spot for soul-warming pasta, woodfired pizza and spinning Italo-disco tunes. For drinks, it’s birthday Negronis, an Aether-brewed Italian lager and 80-plus Italian wines.

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  • This beautiful, fast-paced and very fun Italian restaurant is from the Same Same and Agnes crew. Expect house-made pasta, stacks of antipasti and soft-serve gelato, accompanied by a 350-bottle wine list – all in one of Brisbane's most beguiling dining rooms.

  • Beccofino’s famous thin pizzas are cooked in a traditional wood-fire oven. And in true Italian style, the toppings adopt a less-is-more approach, where quality produce reigns supreme.

  • A Roman-style pizzeria with sustainability in mind. Dine al fresco on signature long-fermented pizzas made with Italian flour, plus antipasti, classic handmade pastas and more. An Italian-heavy wine list champions producers from the old school and the new.

  • Bar Alto is the riverside Italian joint everyone in the city has been to, given its home inside the Brisbane Powerhouse. It's also the bar that people flock to – even when they're not seeing a gig.

  • Celebrity chef Guy Grossi's 150-seat restaurant serves up the traditional dishes you'd find along Italy's Amalfi Coast. Go for gnocchi alla Sorrentina, pasta al limone and scialatielli all’amalfitana. Plus, a whole heap of wines from the Campania region, including fiano and aglianico.

  • An all-day Italian eatery inspired by the breezy, seafood-forward diners of the Amalfi Coast.

  • Even though it serves exemplary Napoli-style food, entering Tartufo feels like walking into a classic trattoria in downtown New York – a far cry from its Fortitude Valley surroundings.

  • Mosconi sees a war-era warehouse transformed into a beautiful 60-seat diner. The menu is a little more innovative than your average Italian joint – but you’ll always find Queensland produce at the heart of things.

  • Honouring Sardinia's tradition of charcoal cooking, this restaurant serves a fuss-free menu in a beautifully designed space. Come for fresh seafood and traditional pastas or call ahead for the specially prepared suckling pig.

  • All hail Julius, the trendy younger sibling of Teneriffe’s renowned Beccofino. This pizza and pasta prince brings the same top-notch food and service to a cool warehouse space in South Brisbane.

  • Rustic Italian cooking reigns at this spacious, timber-clad restaurant. Visit for woodfired Napoli-style pizza; oxtail and pork shin ragu rigatoni; plus a lengthy list of Italian vino to match.

  • This fast-paced Italian diner from the Eterna and Salt Meats Cheese team serves pasta, pizza, and a clutch of classy main dishes in beautiful heritage-listed surrounds.

  • A menu of lovingly hand-shaped pastas such as tonnarelli, pappardelle and triangoli sets Ramona apart in Brisbane’s crowded Italian dining scene. It's also serving crisp woodfired pizzas, a tight small-producer-focused wine list and imported Italian beer on tap.