You’re familiar with penne and spaghetti, but have you come across strozzapretti, tonarelli and fiori? If not, Sydney’s imaginative chefs will give you a lesson in Italy’s trademark dish. From classic restaurants that have mastered age-old techniques to next-gen kitchens creating tomorrow’s classics, this list has your pasta cravings kicked.

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

10 William St

Bar

Italian swagger in Sydney’s most experimental wine bar. Chef Trisha Greentree’s farm-to-plate focus across the daily menu brings even more panache to this gamechanging Paddo institution. And there are always a couple of great pasta dishes on the menu.

10 William Street, Paddington

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

Restaurant Leo

Restaurant

The laneway CBD eatery is plating up veal saltimbocca, tiramisu and lobster maccheroncini (with shaved truffles if you want it).

2-12 1 Angel Place, Sydney

Alberto’s Lounge

Restaurant

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

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney

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
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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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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

A Tavola Bondi

Restaurant

The pasta here is handmade every day on the communal marble table that faces out onto Bondi Beach. Visit for laidback coastal Italian dining, an all-Italian wine list and a friendly atmosphere.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

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. And even though pizza is the star of the Matteo show, the excellent pasta options are no slouches.

29 Bay Street, Double Bay

Two Chaps

Cafe

Fresh pasta with vegetarian sauces, hidden behind a roller-door.

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville

Totti's

Restaurant

Italian food and good times galore in a greenery-filled courtyard behind a dive-y ’70s pub. The pasta range here has all of the classics, plus a few lesser-known options.

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

Otto Ristorante

Restaurant

This modern Italian restaurant – in a dazzling location on Woolloomooloo wharf – is famous for its spaghetti with Tasmanian crayfish dish. But there are plenty of other knockout pastas to try.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
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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

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

Pilu at Freshwater

Restaurant

Sardinian fine-dining on the beach. A laid-back Freshwater classic. This is also one of the few places in Sydney that serves culurgiones and fregula – two of Sardinia's most popular pasta shapes.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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Osteria Emilia

Restaurant

Carry home and cook it for yourself, or take a seat and tuck in on the spot.

259 Riley Street, Surry Hills

Buffalo Dining Club

Restaurant

There are only ever a couple of pastas on the menu at a time. One of them is served in a giant, hollowed-out wheel of pecorino.

116 Surrey St, Darlinghurst

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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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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Big Poppa’s

Bar

Italian food, drinks and hip-hop served until 3am. Big Poppa's is low-key one of Sydney's best places to eat cheese – whether you like it on a platter or inventively deployed across a range of handmade pastas.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

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
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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

Busta

Restaurant

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

Shop 8 2-12 Pittwater Road, Manly

Acqua e Farina

Restaurant

A 15-seater in Potts Point serving just five styles of pasta, by a former Metisse head chef.

117b Macleay Street, Potts Point

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

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