Italian is more woven into Melbourne’s food fabric than any other cuisine. For most of us, it’s our first choice in terms of familiarity and everyday eating. Many 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 Melbourne’s disposal nowadays.