The Best Italian Restaurants in Perth

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There’s no denying that Perth’s hospitality scene has a strong Italian accent. The post-World War Two immigration wave brought with it thousands of Italians who opened continental delis, restaurants along Freo's South Terrace, and countless other hospitality ventures that have come and gone over the years.

Some of those institutions, like Capri and The Re Store, are still humming away. And they undoubtedly paved the way for a new generation of contemporary and future-classic Italian diners across the city. Whether you’re after a candle-lit trattoria serving the perfect ragu or a rowdy neighbourhood pizzeria, Perth 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 Italian restaurants.

  • A colourful, unpretentious dining room from the team behind Threecoins (and with family ties to institution Capri). It’s always a heap of fun here – with imaginative Italian cooking and wallet-friendly “fancy goon”.

  • Great woodfired pizza, rustic handmade pasta and an energetic dining room ensure Monsterella remains perpetually busy – even mid-week.

  • Mummucc ("ma-mooch") is a 60-person bar by the Monsterella crew, so there are no surprises as to what you’re in for. Deliciousness, a cracking wine list and casual Italianate good times lie within.

  • Terrazzo tables and mood lighting create a romantic backdrop at this future-classic Italian spot. There’s an ever-changing food menu, and an impressive, mostly Italian wine list. Plus, some 50 digestifs to finish. Salute.

  • Perth’s favourite “nuovo Italo-Australian” spot has all bases covered. Eat refined Italian food in the vibey dining room, or bust a move to Perth’s best DJs in the courtyard. You can’t go wrong either way.

  • The pizza at this Sardinian-influenced diner is among the city's best. The handmade pasta, meanwhile, is uniformly excellent and the portions are big. Don’t miss the chewy house-made bread: it’s half-sourdough, half-yeast and is baked daily in the same woodfire oven as the pizza.

  • Regulars swear by the pasta at this intimate osteria, where chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza passes on his love of northern Italian cooking to diners, one bowl at a time.

  • Wagyu bresaola, handmade pasta, lo-fi wines and the "Freo doctor" make a charming combo at this wine bar, which is from the team behind No Mafia and Balthazar.

  • Inside Como at the Treasury, this bright, all-day restaurant is serving upmarket breakfasts and crowd-pleasing Italian fare with plenty of twists. Also, an Italian-heavy wine list and classic cocktails.

  • This spot took over from Rokeby Road icon the Witch's Cauldron at the end of 2019. It's a worthy replacement. Dishes include pork and veal meatballs, grilled flatbreads topped with mushrooms and taleggio, and some fine pizzas. The wine list is equally approachable, with drops to satisfy everyone from casual drinkers to grape nerds.

  • Smallgoods. Italian street food. Natural wine. This bar is making Perth eaters and drinkers an offer they can't refuse.

  • This CBD stronghold packs them in with bold Italian cooking and outstanding pizza.

  • A West Perth stalwart unapologetically of the old school – with sharp service, pristine white tablecloths and a roving dessert trolley.

  • You bring the booze, this lively warehouse hangout will supply the woodfired pizzas and good times.

  • A cosy neighbourhood wine bar bringing beautiful wines and Italian flavours to leafy south-east Perth. Whether you perch in the al fresco area or inside the cosy dining room, you're in for house-made pastas and wine-friendly snacks by an ex-Pogo head chef.

  • A boisterous BYO pizzeria serving elegant pizza, hidden down a Maylands alleyway

  • Come for the breezy, beach location: stay for great eating and one of the country's most impressive Italian wine lists.

  • Italian food isn’t hard to find in Fremantle, but you might miss one of its tastiest touchstones if you don’t know where to look. This fourth-generation, family-run restaurant serves piping hot plates of spaghetti and nostalgia.

  • Led by a Perth hospo veteran, this casual diner is in the business of Roman-style pizza, on-the-bone cotoletta and polished service.

  • This cafe-restaurant roasts its own coffee in-house and serves Italian-style dishes based on family recipes.

  • Perth's little pasta restaurant that could. The vibe is suitably casual, but that's how the faithful like it.

  • A relaxed Northbridge restaurant at the top of William Street serving Naples-style pizza.