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Missed out on European summer? Here are the best Italian restaurants that will have you transported to Italy


Dreaming of sipping an Aperol spritz on the Amalfi Coast or twirling pasta in a cosy trattoria in Rome? Here’s how you can experience Italian la dolce vita – without even leaving your city.

  • Matteo Double Bay

    Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales

    This buzzy neighbourhood trattoria brings a slice of the Amalfi Coast to Double Bay with a sun-drenched courtyard, vacation-chic decor and a menu inspired by the Capania coastline. The spicy vodka rigatoni is a genuine cult obsession.

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  • Ormeggio at The Spit

    Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales

    A long Italian lunch overlooking the sparkling waters of Pearl Bay is enough to cure any travel FOMO. This trattoria combines a million-dollar view with stellar cocktails, a gelato bar and sustainable seafood plates. Boating for the day? Have their sister venue, Chiosoco, look after the catering. Simply place your order and collect between 8.30am–11am from the kiosk window.

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  • Lulu La Delizia

    Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

    Named after the owner’s nonna, this beloved Perth osteria dishes up stunning Northern Italian fare inspired by the Friuli and Venetian spice route (think saffron and gin cured kingfish or nonna’s polenta meatballs). Opt for the six-course banquet for off-menu pasta and adventurous new dishes.

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  • Di Stasio Citta

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Rinaldo Di Stasio has dubbed his Spring Street restaurant the “Milan end of Melbourne”. It combines hearty Italian fare with Brutalist architecture and curated video installations. Savour handmade crab capellini or roasted duck breast over vintage champagne as you drink in the cool aesthetic.

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  • Capriccio Osteria

    Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales

    There’s an authentic, unpretentious feel to this neighbourhood osteria owned by Positano native Michele Rispoli, with its Tuscan-style courtyard and bar brimming with retro Italian crockery. Its handmade pastas – particularly the squid ink spaghetti, made with blue swimmer crab, chilli and basil – are the stuff of Mediterranean dreams.

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  • Osteria Oggi

    Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, South Australia

    It’s hard to decide what’s prettier at this Italian diner: the delicate handmade pasta and artful mains or the internationally-recognised decor, featuring curved lines, trailing plants, marble tables and cobblestone floor. The kingfish crudo, with ruby grapefruit and radish, is a showstopper.

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