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.

Recreate dishes such as Marta’s cacio e pepe, or Two Chaps’s gnocchi at home with The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook. Pastas from Bacco Osteria, 10 William St, A Tavola and ACME are also among the book’s 80 recipes. Available now at

Alberto’s Lounge

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

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney


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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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


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
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A Tavola Bondi

Handmade every day on the communal marble table by the beach.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi


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

29 Bay Street, Double Bay

Don Peppino’s

An Italian restaurant in a former ’90s nightclub.

1 Oxford Street, Paddington

Two Chaps

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

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville

10 William St

A hole-in-the-wall wine bar with two or three pastas, done very well.

10 William Street, Paddington


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

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

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

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


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

261 Bondi Road, Bondi

Pilu at Freshwater

Breezy sea views and fierce Sardinian.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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The tagliolini alla granseola (fine noodles stained green with spinach and sweetened with blue swimmer crab) has been on the menu since 1983. It's that good.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington
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Secolo Dining

Prosciutto for breakfast, pork belly panino and the most beautiful salmon crudo in town.

161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Osteria Emilia

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

259 Riley Street, Surry Hills
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The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

Pizza aside, the pappardelle bolognese melts in your mouth.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Buffalo Dining Club

There are just two pastas on the menu. One of them is served in a giant, hollowed-out wheel of pecorino.

116 Surrey St, Darlinghurst
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Capriccio Osteria & Bar

Rich Italian flavours with a modern palette.

159 Norton Street, Leichhardt
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Refined, inventive pastas for less than $25.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Chester White

Where else can you get a deconstructed carbonara that's assembled at the table?

3 Orwell Street, Potts Point

Big Poppa’s

Go for the pappardelle ragu.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Fratelli Paradiso

The spaghetti scampi is an institution in itself.

Bakery 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

La Rosa The Strand

Roman style pasta and grilled meats.

Shop 133, The Strand Arcade 193 Pitt Street, Sydney

La Favola

Six pastas with your choice of sauce and a couple of starters – simple pleasures await.

170 King Street, Newtown
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Otto Ristorante

Famous for its spaghetti with Tasmanian crayfish.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo