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

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

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

Alberto’s Lounge

Dan Pepperell is back cooking Italian food, albeit a playful, subtly Australian-inflected take on the cuisine.

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney

Ragazzi

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

Classic Italian flavours are given a contemporary makeover at this waterside Sydney favourite.

D'Albora Marinas The Spit Spit Road, Mosman

Cicciabella

A place where seasonal, healthy food is the focus, southern Italy is the inspiration and diners are encouraged to stick around for a couple of drinks after their meal.

75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

Matteo Downtown

Chef Orazio D’Elia’s cosmopolitan diner, off Australia Square, has two pizza ovens, a dedicated mozzarella bar and alfresco dining.

20 Bond Street, Sydney

Busta

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

Shop 8 2-12 Pittwater Road, Manly

Matteo

A family pizza restaurant by Orazio D’Elia and the owners of Lobo Plantation and Darlo Country Club.

29 Bay Street, Double Bay

The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

A restaurant and a wine room run by the Icebergs team and Rootstock’s James Hird.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Kindred

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

137 Cleveland Street, Darlington

Peppe's

Plant-based Italian, natural wine and garlic bread worth crossing town for.

261 Bondi Road, Bondi

Two Chaps

Doughnuts, vegetarian food and a back-to-basics approach.

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville

LuMi Bar & Dining

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

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Don Peppino’s

An Italian restaurant in a former ’90s nightclub.

1 Oxford Street, Paddington

Marta

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

50 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay

Bacco Osteria e Espresso

Veteran chef and restaurateur Andrew Cibej is behind this modern Italian restaurant, which draws inspiration from multiple regions.

Shop 1 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Mantecato

Risotto and 300 varieties of wine.

129 85 Reynolds Street, Balmain

Chiosco by Ormeggio

A casual Italian diner on the harbour.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman

One Ford Street

An Italian restaurant next to a traditional Balmain pub.

1 Ford street, Balmain

Sagra

Traditional techniques and old recipes won from travels around Italy.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Lucio’s

A classic Ligurian-style cucina that’s been kicking since the ‘80s.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington

La Rosa The Strand

Roman style pasta and grilled meats.

Shop 133, The Strand Arcade 193 Pitt Street, Sydney

A Tavola Bondi

Pasta handmade fresh every day.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Fratelli Paradiso

Italian restaurant royalty.

Bakery 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

Bayswater Kitchenette

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

Shop 1 51-57 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay

10 William St

A hole in the wall with classic Italian swagger.

10 William Street, Paddington

Osteria di Russo & Russo

Old world charm meets an inventive menu.

158 Enmore Road, Enmore

Buffalo Dining Club

Pasta served from a giant wheel of pecorino.

116 Surrey St, Darlinghurst

Pilu at Freshwater

Sardinian cuisine that looks as good as it tastes.

Moore Road, Freshwater

Otto Ristorante

Modern Italian with a Sydney twist and stunning views.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
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