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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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

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

137 Cleveland Street, Darlington
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Pino’s Vino e Cucina

This osteria isn’t strictly traditional, but it’s certainly Italian in philosophy and style.

199 Lawrence Street, Alexandria
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Two Chaps

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

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville
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LuMi Bar & Dining

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

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

50 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
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Bacco Osteria e Espresso

An all-day Italian restaurant from the team at Vini and Berta.

Shop 1 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney


Risotto and 300 varieties of wine.

129 85 Reynolds Street, Balmain

Chiosco by Ormeggio

A casual Italian on the harbour.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman
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One Ford Street

An Italian restaurant next to a traditional Balmain pub.

1 Ford street, Balmain
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Traditional techniques and old recipes won from travels around Italy.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
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Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta

Maurice Terzini’s pizza and porchetta restaurant is classic, laid-back, stylish Italian.

Shop LG09 The Hub 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi
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A classic Ligurian-style cucina that’s been kicking since the ‘80s.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington
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La Rosa The Strand

Nettle spaghetti, cacio e pepe, and grilled meats, Roman style.

Shop 133, The Strand Arcade 193 Pitt Street, Sydney

A Tavola Bondi

Pasta handmade fresh every day.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi
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Fratelli Paradiso

Italian restaurant royalty.

Bakery 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

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
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Pilu at Freshwater

Sardinian cuisine that looks as good as it tastes.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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Otto Ristorante

Modern Italian with a Sydney twist and stunning views.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo