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Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne

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The polls are in and the votes have been cast; Italian is undoubtedly one of our favourite cuisines and, with one of Australia's largest Italian communities, Melbourne is home to many of our top restaurants. From Lygon street and beyond, here are our top picks. Mangia!

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  1. Caffe e Cucina

    South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria

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  2. Il Bacaro

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    This is not only one of the best Italian restaurants, Il Bacaro is also one of the most romantic restaurants in Melbourne. The intimate Little Collins Street space delivers a menu that treads a fine line between bistro classics and contemporary Italian dishes.

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  3. Italy 1 Camberwell

    Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria

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  4. Pentolina

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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  5. Il Gambero

    Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria

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  6. Rosetta Ristorante at Crown Melbourne

    Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria

    Rosetta's menu pays homage to Italy's diverse regional fare with 16 handmade pastas on offer combined with a handful of dishes that employ the restaurant's wood-fire oven and chargrill. The wine features 700-plus wines, of mostly Italian varietals.

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  7. Grossi Florentino Upstairs

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Chef Guy Grossi's Italian empire now spans across two levels with four dining areas; Ombra, Florentino Grill, Cellar Bar and Grossi Florentino Upstairs. The essence of Grossi Florentino Upstairs is accessible luxury and timeless Italian style, which is evident in the grandeur of the Renaissance-inspired decor.

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  8. 400 Gradi Pizzeria

    Brunswick East, Melbourne, Victoria

    Lygon Street will never be short of a pizza kitchen, but few are as serious about the art of pizza as 400 Gradi Pizzeria. Owner Johnny Di Francesco has sent all his chefs to Naples to receive the required training - from none other than the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana - bringing authentic Naples-style pizza to Melbourne. T

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  9. Baby Cafe & Pizzeria

    Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria

    From Thai to Italian, Baby is the mastermind of Chin Chin restaurateur and owner Chris Lucas. The pizza here is not your ordinary sort; the base is made with Caputo Molino 00 flour imported from Naples and, while not traditional, there's also speciality pan-fried and grilled pizzas.

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