Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne
There’s no denying Melbourne hospitality’s strong Italian accent. Institutions like Grossi Florentino and The Waiters Restaurant set the table early, opening their doors in the first half of last century. While the post-World War Two immigration boom helped to accelerate the cuisine’s popularity here, there’s more to our Italian bent than regional pastas and Napoli-accredited pizzas. It’s the commitment to using high-quality ingredients, allowing seasonality to shine through simple preparations, and of course, service with old-school charm.
Whether they’re longstanding institutions or future classics with contemporary edge, Melbourne’s best Italian joints are bound by another notable European import: a respect for food as the great unifier. Gather your favourite people and book a meal at one of these spots, curated by Broadsheet’s expert food and drink editors.