Ibla Cucina Italiana

5:30pm - 11:00pm
256 Johnston Street Fitzroy 3065




Ibla Cucina Italiana is a place for a first date or to celebrate a small occasion, where you can share a decent bottle of wine and a pizza amid warm lighting and friendly, attentive service.

Ibla has a menu you actually need to read, as opposed to the samey Italian menus you absently scan for your go-tos. There’s a traditional capretto forno, a tender baked goat, and a Sardinian-style gnochetti with slow-cooked lamb ragu.

You’ll also swiftly be recommended pizzoli, a Sicilian specialty. It’s a baked pizza sandwich. It seems unimpressive on paper, but the way the sauce and fillings soften the pizza inside, while leaving it crisp on the outside, is some kind of black magic.

The other attention-grabber on the menu is the wurstel e patatine – pizza with sliced frankfurts and fries. Do not order this thinking you’ll receive some fine-dining interpretation – it’s exactly what it sounds like.