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24 Best Italian Restaurants in Sydney | Man of Many

One of the top-rated restaurants in Sydney year after year, Alberto’s Lounge is designed by the people over at Frankie’s Pizza, one of the best late-night food spots in Sydney. This is the classier alternative where you’ll find the same fun and quirky vibes you love, but with a serious twist. The food adventures will take you from the beef tripe, to house-made spicy potato chips.

1. Alberto’s Lounge

Next on our list comes one of the most famous Italian spots in Sydney, Totti’s. Walking through a pub that’s a little shabby around the edges, you’ll find this spectacular Italian restaurant out back. Once seated in the sunny Bondi courtyard that’s home to one of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney, you’ll be eyeing off every plate of food that passes you by.

2. Totti’s

If you’re looking for the best authentic Italian in Sydney, look no further than I Maccheroni. Located on an unassuming strip in Woollahra, I Maccheroni offers a secret slice of Italian heaven. At the helm is Michelin star trained Chef, Marcello Farioli (formerly 10 William Street) who pairs classic Italian recipes and local produce together some of the best Italian in Sydney. There’s a specials menu that rotates often so be on the lookout for the Burrata, Tagliolini with swimmer crab, lemon, garlic and chilli, and the famous Limoncello cheesecake!

3. I Maccheroni

With the chef having grown up in Italy, you’ll struggle to find a more authentic Italian restaurant than Matteo. Every dish on the menu is bright and vibrant, with pizza being the crowd favourite. This is just one of two Matteo Italian restaurants in Sydney, so you know the owners are doing something right.

4. Matteo

Cicciabella is the first experimental Italian restaurant on our list of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney. You’ll find hints of seaweed garnished across some pastas, and a gelato sandwich on the dessert menu. If something so seemingly wrong tastes so good, we don’t want to be right.

5. CicciaBella Osteria + Bar

KINDRED Restaurant is the coolest Italian restaurant in Sydney. Almost everything ingredient in-store is homemade, pasta, bread, pickles, relishes, even their gelato. What makes this even more impressive is that it’s a two staff kitchen. It’s a smaller spot, so you shouldn’t have to wait long for your food, but if you do, you can enjoy one of their great cocktails.

6. KINDRED Restaurant

If you’re looking for great waterfront views while you enjoy your Italian cuisine, look no further than OTTO Ristorante. With a menu that caters to vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters, everyone will be looked after here. This Italian restaurant in Sydney includes vegetarian options that look and taste delicious. Including, beetroot ravioli and eggplant parmigiana.

7. OTTO Ristorante

Two Chaps may not be the first restaurant that comes to mind when you think Italian food. Two Chaps take the Mediterranean influence when creating their sandwiches, cakes, and muffins, for flavours, unlike anything you’ve had before. They also roast their own coffee beans on-site, making for a mean coffee. Not so much an Italian Restaurants, but a cultural experience!

8. Two Chaps

Restaurant Leo is one of those hidden gem Italian restaurants in Sydney, hidden away amongst the hustle and bustle just off George Street in the CBD. There are some big hitters on the menu, so don’t be afraid to branch out for something new. The jet black, squid ink risotto is particularly striking.

9. Restaurant Leo

Another meat-free Italian restaurant on our list is Ormeggio at the Spit. The menu was changed in 2020 to focus primarily on cheese, vegetables, and fish, the latter making sense with their water-front location. Ormeggio at the Spit’s new menu has been well received, maintaining its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Sydney.

10. Ormeggio at the Spit

We’re telling you now, Fratelli Paradiso is a popular spot, so book a table in advance. With all your Italian favourites of pastas, wines, and tiramisu, strap yourself in for a long lunch or late dinner that’ll leave you full and satisfied.

11. Fratelli Paradiso

You could say business at Busta is going… gang-Busta-s (we promised the best restaurants, not the best jokes). Set up by the same crew that own’s ChicaBonita and Sunset Sabi, the team behind Busta’s know how to run a successful shop. Making their own, fresh hand-rolled pasta daily, let the warm, cosy lights lull you into a pleasant dining experience.

12. Busta

Ragazzi Wine and Pasta is a super trendy Italian restaurant, where the art deco is almost as loud as the crowds. You’ll find truly unique servings of pasta, as the chefs shape the freshly made pasta dough in its own styles. Be sure to treat yourself to some truly experimental gelato for dessert.

13. Ragazzi Wine and Pasta

Undoubtedly one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Sydney. Lucio Pizzeria is so popular after being awarded Australia’s best pizza it’s been tough to get a booking ever since. It won’t be the cheapest pizza you’ve ever bought, but the incoming food coma will have you feeling AMAZING.

14. Lucio Pizzeria

Primarily a wine bar, you’ll still find some of the best Italian Sydney has to offer at 10 William Street. Each item on the menu can be expertly paired with a matching drop of wine. And if the smell doesn’t have you cartoon-floating across the restaurant after each passing plate, we’d be shocked.

15. 10 William St

LuMi Dining specialises in the fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine (bet you never thought of that fusion before). The raw fish used heavily in Japanese meals mixes well with the Italian pasta bases, resulting in a match made in food heaven. They only serve from their seven-course tasting menu,  however, so we hope you brought your appetite and your wallet.

16. LuMi Dining

At Marta Osteria everything is influenced by Roman cuisine and culture, from the wine to the meals. The pizza dough here is fluffy, covered in your choice of mozzarella, parmesan, and anchovies. What really steals the show, however, is the fried gnocchi. We insist that you get a few of these to share.

17. Marta Osteria

BISTECCA is hidden behind a cocktail bar, in a city basement, where you’re asked to hand your phone over before you eat. No, this isn’t a cult or some human trafficking ring, it’s just really, really good Italian food. The main attraction is their steaks, three fingers thick and cooked to your taste. This is an incredibly popular spot, so be sure to book ahead of time.


Pino’s Vino e Cucina is a cosy, fancy Italian restaurant tucked away in the quiet streets of Alexandria. The menu here offers squid, quail, and mussels, like the weirdest (and tastiest) zoo you’ve never been to. If you can handle it, order the full kilo T-bone, Black Angus steak, that looks like it’s been cut off a dinosaur.

19. Pino’s Vino e Cucina

It would be a crime to list the best Italian restaurants in Sydney and not include Pizza Madre for its Margherita pizza. This all vegetarian, sometimes vegan pizza restaurant is a great takeaway spot, where every ingredient (where possible) is homemade. Even the wines are vegan if you choose to sit in and try a drop.

20. Pizza Madre

The Dolphin Hotel is split into three sections for its patrons, the bar, the restaurant, and the wine room. If you’re in for a big night, you could be checking out all three. The snacks and wine in the wine room are great for a suave, relaxing night, while the tiramisu is the pride of the restaurant’s dessert menu. And the bar, of course, is great for cocktails and drinks with your mates.

21. The Dolphin Hotel

At One Ford Street, the dishes have been designed to be shared. With house-made pasta, bread, and cured meats, know that everything that goes on your plate is made to replicate an authentic Italian dining experience. You can cap off this experience with a glass of Italian made wine as well.

22. One Ford Street

For a simple, satisfying pizza that’ll fill you up, Bar Reggio is the Italian restaurant for you. A popular spot for youth before or after a night out on the town, the huge selection of pizzas at Bar Reggio will look after you, whatever your taste.

23. Bar Reggio

The second Matteo Italian restaurant on our list, Matteo Downtown is just as good, if not better. You’ll find more of the same great Italian food, this time with a café to please the inner-city commuters. Italian style pastries are on full display, difficult to refuse on your rush for the bus or next meeting.

24. Matteo Downtown

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