If you’re looking for the best Italian in Brisbane, you’re in for a treat. The cultural cuisine consistently hits the spot and the city is littered with fantastic Italian restaurants, ranging from your traditional recipes to new and modern interpretations. There’s no shortage of crispy pizzas, creamy pasta, antipasto with more meats and cheeses than a vegan’s worst nightmare. Now that we’ve piqued your interest (and your cravings) here’s where to find the best Italian restaurants in Brisbane. Andiamo!
1. Otto Ristorante
If you’re looking for food that looks just as good as it tastes, look no further than Otto Ristorante. With its menu loaded with simple, delicious, Instagram worthy dishes, you’ll hesitate to dig into such well-presented meals. The seasonally changing menu also means you’ll always have the freshest ingredients to tantalise your tastebuds.
Address: Level 4 480 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 07 3835 2888
Trading Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-2pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm
2. Bucci Restaurant
The meals are designed to be shared at Bucci Restaurant, perfect for a night out with friends and family. Across the menu you’ll find modern twists on traditional Italian cuisine, with pasta and seafood being the main attraction. Forget to bring an appetite? Not to worry, you can instead go for a cocktail at Bucci’s bar.
Address: Shop 11, 15 James Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: +61 07 3252 7848
Trading Hours: Wed-Mon 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-late, Tues Closed
‘Persone’ translates from Italian to mean people, and at Persone, pleasing people is the name of the game. Great service, great food, and exceptional views, and it doesn’t hurt that Persone was voted as the best Italian restaurant in Queensland for 2020. You won’t want to miss out on this classic Italian dining experience.
Address: Level 2, 300 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 07 3505 1417
Trading Hours: Tues-Thurs 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun-Mon Closed
Mosconi is one of the best Italian restaurants Brisbane has to offer for events and functions. Know that your guests will be impressed, with a group booking menu that covers all the Italian favourites. For those dining in smaller groups, the menu changes monthly, making it hard to recommend a favourite. But this also means you’ll have an exciting new dish to try every time you drop in for a meal.
Address: 164B Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: +61 07 3151 1898
Trading Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-4pm, Mon-Tues Closed
5. Bar Alto
Bar Alto is located in the Brisbane Powerhouse, your number one spot in Brisbane for culture and entertainment. Before catching a show of music, arts, or comedy, enjoy a meal whilst looking out onto the Brisbane River. Bar Alto also provides recipes on their website, so you can try recreating meals from their menu at home, or just dine in and leave it to the experts.
Address: 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005
Phone: +61 07 3358 1063
Trading Hours: Wed-Sun 11:30am-late, Mon-Tues Closed
6. Lupa Pizza Bar
Lupa Pizza Bar is the mad scientist of crispy pizza bases. After researching and experimenting with its pizza dough, Lupa Pizza Bar have created a dough that won’t leave you bloated or heavy. Instead, the dough is crisp and fresh, layered with homemade sauces and ingredients. You’ll have to try one to believe it yourself.
Address: Shop 3 321 Montague Road, West End QLD 4101
Phone: +61 07 3532 3872
Trading Hours: Wed-Thur 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-8pm, Mon-Tues Closed
7. Julius Pizzeria
The smaller sibling restaurant of Beccofino (more on them to come) Julius Pizzeria is making its mark on the Brisbane Italian restaurant scene. There are no bookings at Julius Pizzeria, keeping the place cool and casual. With not only pizza, but pasta and cocktails as well, Julius Pizzeria is a great place to start your night out in Brisbane.
Address: 77 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: +61 07 3844 2655
Trading Hours: Tues-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thur 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon Closed
Owned by a Michelin Star chef, Vine is an Italian restaurant in Brisbane where you know you’ll be looked after. So much so, that they’ve created a blind tasting experience where the chef experiments and creates dishes for you. Choosing from five, seven or nine-course meals, experience new and experimental flavours, made from fresh, locally sourced produce.
Address: 5/158 Moray Street, New Farm QLD 4005
Phone: +61 07 3358 6658
Trading Hours: Tues-Wed 5:30pm-10pm, Thurs 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sun-Mon Closed
9. 1889 Enoteca
At 1889 Enoteca, wine is just as important as the food. Specialising in Roman Italian cuisine, you’ll find all your favourite, traditional Italian meals on the menu. For those who seek to pair their meal with a nice drop, 1889 Enoteca’s private downstairs wine cellar will have everything you need. All to make sure you stay long after your plate is clean.
Address: 1-12 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Phone: +61 07 3392 4315
Trading Hours: Tues-Thur 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Mon Closed
The sibling Italian restaurant to Julius Pizzeria, Beccofino more than stands out on its own. Like Julius Pizzeria, Beccofino make a ripping pizza, with dough so crisp you’ll needn’t worry about soggy, sagging crust. Along with the pizza, you’ll find all the traditional pastas and desserts to leave you full and satisfied.
Address: 10 Vernon Terrace, Newstead QLD 4006
Phone: +61 07 3666 0207
Trading Hours: Tues-Thur 5:30pm-late, Fri-Sun 12pm-late, Mon Closed
11. Il Verde
At Il Verde, only the freshest, sustainably sourced ingredients are used in its dishes. This means that you can feel good about what you’re eating while you fill-up. Il Verde also has a dish where your pasta is served from a wheel of cheese bowl. Need we say more?
Address: 2 King Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
Phone: +61 07 3638
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-2pm, Mon-Thur 5:30pm-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm, Sun 5pm-8:30pm
With homemade pizza dough, pasta, and bread, Tartufo is one of the best Italian restaurants Brisbane has to offer for fresh cuisine. If the freshly made bread hasn’t sold you, Tartufo also provides an atmosphere and hospitality that’s as satisfying as the food it plates up.
Address: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Trading Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm-2pm, 6pm-8pm
13. Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant has been around for 60 years, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to cooking and service. Although seafood may not immediately spring to mind when you think of Italian cuisine, it holds a rich history on the plates of many Italians. With linguini marina, grilled scallops and black lip mussels, don’t just take our word for it, go and try some for yourself.
Address: 33 Caxton Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 07 3369 9500
Trading Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sat 1pm-4pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sun-Mon Closed
14. Tocco Italiano
Tocco Italiano is another restaurant on our list of the best Italian restaurants in Brisbane to have a Michelin Star chef. You’re sure to find a more than satisfying meals on the entrée and mains menu, but the dessert menu is what stands out for us. To name one dessert, Sporcamusi Alla Fruita, puff pastry with lemon custard cream and fresh fruit. If you’re a sweet tooth, Tocco Italiano is the best Italian restaurant Brisbane has to offer for you.
Address: 1 Florence Street, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Phone: +61 07 3157 3225
Trading Hours: Wed-Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Mon-Tues Closed
If you’re looking to picnic in Brisbane, but don’t know what to pack, Popolo has got you covered. Located riverside in South Brisbane, you can pick up pre-made picnic baskets of fresh pizza, drinks, and antipasto, among a wide selection of Italian favourites. For its in-store menu, the team specialises in tapas and share plates, making it another great place for friends and family.
Address: Shop 3 Sidon Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: +61 07 3846 7784
Trading Hours: Wed 5pm-9pm, Thur-Sun 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm, Mon-Tues Closed
Massimo is fast becoming one of the most popular Italian seafood joints in Brisbane. Sitting by the water again, Massimo are serving up fresh seafood and traditional Italian cuisine to die for. It also doesn’t hurt that its happy hour runs from 3pm-5pm daily, making this a great spot to spend a long lunch or early dinner.
Address: 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 07 3221 1663
Trading Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-3pm, 5:15pm-9:30pm
17. Coppa Spuntino
Closing out our list of the best Italian restaurants of Brisbane is Coppa Spuntino. Coppa Spuntino have meals big and small, for sharing or for yourself, that’ll leave you feeling full, but not stuffed. When you’ve had enough to eat, you can venture down to the wine bar and kick on. They’re temporarily closed for the time being, but we’re hoping they’ll be back soon for more great Italian feeds and boozy brews.
Address: Shop 4 88 Creek Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 07 3221 3548
Trading Hours: Mon-Wed 7am-10pm, Thur-Fri 7am-12am, Sat-Sun Closed
Where's the best pasta in Brisbane?
Lupa Pizza Bar, Persone and Otto are all great Italian restaurants for pasta in Brisbane.
Good Southbank Italian Restaurants?
Popolo and Julius Pizzeria are two great Italian restaurants near Southbank.
What's good Italian in Brisbane?
Bucci Restaurant, Mosconi and Bar Alto are some of the best Italian restaurants in Brisbane.