Whether you're after a candlelit trattoria serving the perfect ragu, a neighbourhood pizzeria or a noisy wine bar that trades in arancini and bresaola, Sydney 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.

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Totti's

Restaurant

Italian food and good times galore in a greenery-filled courtyard behind a dive-y ’70s pub.

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

A'Mare

Restaurant

A’Mare is impressive. Owner Alessandro Pavoni wanted to emulate the theatre of a Michelin-starred meal, without the European stiffness – there's a roving gelato cart, pesto pounded tableside and a view over water so pretty that, if you squint, you might be fooled into thinking you're in Italy.

Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
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Fratelli Paradiso

Restaurant

Definitive modern-Italian in Potts Point. Visit for ground-breaking wines, a Sydney-famous lasagnetta Bolognese and impeccable service. Frat Paz nails it every time.

Restaurant 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

Alberto’s Lounge

Restaurant

Come here for a playful, subtly Australian-inflected take on Italian cuisine.

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney

Paski Vineria Popolare

Restaurant

Giorgio De Maria's latest venue is three acts over two levels, created in partnership with wine importer Mattia Dicati and chef Enrico Tomelleri of 10 William Street, Ragazzi and more. Downstairs is a bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And upstairs, a colourful restaurant for pasta and specialty wines.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Bastardo

Restaurant

This Holt Street eatery is a throwback to Bodega (which is right around the corner) in the early noughties and Italy in the ’60s. Visit for spaghetti with ‘nduja and clams, eggplant parmas and house-made gelato.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Ragazzi

Restaurant

There’s 250 bottles of mainly low-intervention wine from Italy and Australia, and a rotating menu of pasta that changes daily.

Shop 3 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Ormeggio at the Spit

Restaurant

In 2020, this waterside Sydney favourite changed its menu to focus exclusively on seafood. And it's all the better for it. The views out over Middle Harbour, combined with the fantastic seafood, make this one of Sydney's best – and most serene – dining experiences.

D'Albora Marinas The Spit Spit Road, Mosman

Bar Totti's

Restaurant

This isn't just a carbon copy of the Bondi original. DJs play live sets most nights, so you can smash antipasti and woodfired bread to some retro Italian tunes until 2am.

4/330 George Street, Sydney

Cicciabella Parramatta Square

Restaurant

Cicciabella’s second location pays tribute to the pared-back “cucina povera” style of Italian cooking – think woodfired Florentine steak, crudo, pasta and pizza.

Parramatta Square 153 Macquarie Street, Parramatta
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Marta

Restaurant

Head here for a bowl of cacio e pepe, a glass of Roman wine and a seat outside in Rushcutter’s Bay.

30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay

10 William St

Bar

A hole in the wall with classic Italian swagger. And a very good pretzel.

10 William Street, Paddington

Pilu at Freshwater

Restaurant

Sardinian cuisine that looks as good as it tastes.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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Otto Ristorante

Restaurant

Modern Italian with a Sydney twist and stunning views.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Restaurant

This elevated vantage of Bondi’s sloshing surf is one of Australia’s great views – one a less conscientious restaurateur might easily lean on. Not Maurice Terzini, who’s been pushing his resplendent Italian diner to greater and greater heights since 2002.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi
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Matteo Downtown

Restaurant

A cosmopolitan Italian diner with enough marble to sink a ship. It’s a spin-off of Matteo’s in Double Bay, and the pizza is just as good. This place has a few of its own moves though – notably, an executive chef who was trained by the inventor of Roman-style pizza.

20 Bond Street, Sydney

Restaurant Leo

Restaurant

The CBD laneway eatery is plating up duck ragu with curly malfaldine, plus a note-perfect tiramisu.

2-12 1 Angel Place, Sydney

Busta

Restaurant

Natural wine and handmade pasta from the crew behind Chica Bonita and Sunset Sabi.

Shop 8 2-12 Pittwater Road, Manly

Matteo

Restaurant

The spiritual successor to its former tenant, Limoncello. The southern Italian vibe here has been nailed, which is no surprise given the hospitality guns running the show. But it’s all about the pizza – perfectly light, elastic dough that won’t leave you bloated and lethargic.

29 Bay Street, Double Bay

Pino’s Vino e Cucina

Restaurant

This neighbourhood Italian diner marries the flavours and comfort of home cooking to with restaurant sophistication.

199 Lawrence Street, Alexandria

LuMi Bar & Dining

Restaurant

An intriguing restaurant in Pyrmont, with a chef that lists Noma and Attica on his CV.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Beppi’s

Restaurant

This is the godfather of Italian dining in Sydney. Beppi’s has been ticking-over with the same consistency, fit-out and leather-bound menus – hand-carved by the late Beppi Polese himself – since 1956. Immortal dishes include clams and mussels with garlic, olive oil, white vino and tomato; and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, basil and mushrooms.

21 Yurong Street (Corner Stanley Street), East Sydney

Kindred

Restaurant

An ex-A Tavola chef serves handmade pasta, batch beer on tap and natural wines out of his Darlington home.

137 Cleveland Street, Darlington

Buon Ricordo

Restaurant

The old-school Italian joint in Paddington with the iconic green door. It’s been kicking hard since 1987 with honest Napoli-style fare including hand-made pastas, fish and beautifully prepared meat courses. The tablecloths are white, the upholstery is floral and the service is pitch-perfect.

108 Boundary Street, Paddington

Chiosco by Ormeggio

Restaurant

The casual counterpart to celebrated Italian restaurant, Ormeggio at the Spit. The Italian food and service are just as excellent, but the atmosphere and dishes here are a little more relaxed.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman
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Il Baretto

Restaurant

A regional Italian diner that’s barely changed since 1999. Now in Paddington – the generous bowls of beef-cheek-ragu pappardelle are still here, along with more pasta and gnocchi options than ever.

338 Oxford Street, Paddington

Sagra

Restaurant

Sagra is one of Darlo's quiet achievers. It's laidback, it's wallet-friendly, and there's something on the menu for just about everyone. The pastas, most of which come in at under $25 a bowl, are particularly worth your time.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
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Bar Vincent

Restaurant

The menu is ever-changing, but you can always expect to find fresh oysters and pasta at this European eatery. Plus there’s complimentary house-made bread.

174 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Da Orazio

Restaurant

At this pretty corner spot just back from the beach, one of the city’s best chefs is serving perfectly puffy pizzas and a Sydney-famous porchetta roll. Plus pastas, carafes of wine and tiramisu.

Shop LG09 The Hub 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

A Tavola Bondi

Restaurant

Pasta handmade fresh every day.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Bayswater Kitchenette

Restaurant

From Italian comfort food to welcoming heaters, this eatery will make you feel right at home.

Shop 1 51-57 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay

Osteria di Russo & Russo

Restaurant

A local Italian restaurant with an even more local focus.

158 Enmore Road, Enmore

Buffalo Dining Club

Restaurant

Here, it's all about the mozzarella.

116 Surrey St, Darlinghurst

Pellegrino 2000

Restaurant

At this garage-style trattoria, you can disappear into delicate prawn ravioli in rich brown butter and sage sauce, a list of mainly Italian vino and a lively soundtrack spanning afrobeat and Italian pop.

80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills