The Best Italian Restaurants in Perth

Updated 1 week ago


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.

  • Drawing from his family's northern Italian heritage, Joel Valvasori-Pereza serves Perth's best pasta.

  • A cosy 60-seat Italian wine bar and restaurant from the Monsterella crew.

  • Shenton Park's spirited local that has the Italian government's seal of approval.

  • 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.

  • This unpretentious dining room and bar is full of colour, imaginative Italian cooking, wallet-friendly glasses of “fancy goon” and Sunday sessions that are all about bringing people together.

  • 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.

  • A “nuovo Italo-Australian” space offering all-day drinking, dining and dancing.

  • Great wood-fired pizza, homely handmade pastas and a loud dining room ensure Monsterella remains perpetually busy, even mid-week.

  • Melbourne chef Guy Grossi lands in Perth with dishes inspired by Rome.

  • Smallgoods. Spirited Italian street food. Natural wine. This wine 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 (hint: there's a dessert trolley).

  • You bring the booze: this lively hang-out inside a warehouse will supply the wood-fired pies and good times.

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

  • A late-night small bar serving fun pies alongside great drinks.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Settle in at a terrazzo table in this moody dining room for future classic Italian food. Its share plates might feature octopus, clams, stracciatella, pasta or beef tartare. There’s also an impressive, mostly Italian, wine list with a healthy dose of small-scale Western Australian producers. Plus, almost 50 Italian digestifs to finish. Salute.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A casual dining concept from the team behind Nolita and La Lola.

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

  • 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.