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Top10 The Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne of All Time

It’s no secret that Melbourne is home to some of the nation’s best Italian restaurants. Here’s our pick of old and new favourites hitting Melbourne streets.
Anna Lisle
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Husband and wife duo Julia and Matt Picone create a relaxed, convivial and oh-so-Italian atmosphere to enjoy fresh, handmade pasta at this laneway restaurant on Little Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
Caffe e Cucina has been around since 1988 and Melbournites depend on its presence when they're craving Nonna's kitchen. The interior is happily cramped, with big posters, awards and mementos plastered on the walls, a large and busy bar area and small tables tucked wherever possible.
The latest hotspot to hit Melbourne, Di Stasio Citta has the critics raving and the punters lining up for more. The art-filled space is the mastermind of Rinaldo Di Stasio and the sister restaurant to the famed Café di Stasio which is credited to have changed the way we think of eating and dining out.
This intimate locale on Little Bourke Street, with barely room for 40 guests, is a pasta den that’s worth every carb-fuelled calorie. Watch on as the chefs roll dough to procure perfectly-formed tortellini, gutsy parpadelle and other Italian delights.
North Fitzroy locals backed a winner when Supermaxi swung open its doors. Delivering outstanding thin-crust pizzas and traditional Italian hospitality in equal doses.
Who said Italian food can’t be vegan? Smith and Daughters prove that not only can it be vegan, it can be exceptional. Carnivores, opt for the Feast Me and get ready for some life-changing moments.
Cecconi's Cantina is a Melbourne stalwart. This Flinders Lane destination, owned by the legendary Bortolotto family, create innovative Italian dishes using produce from their Victorian farm.
On Toorak Road in South Yarra, Bar Carolina is all class. This modern Italian restaurant and wine bar has managed to straddle the fine line between old and new in both aesthetic, service and flavour.
Old school hospitality remains at Chef Guy Grossi’s Florentino; you’re walked to your table, coat taken and a napkin pulled across your lap. The only thing that could match this service is Grossi’s spectacular menu of classic Italian dishes, utilises quality Melbourne produce. This is not just dining, it’s a dining experience.
At the heart of celebrity Chef Neil Perry’s kitchen is a wood fired oven and chargrill for creating simple Italian dishes such as suckling pig and roast chicken, combined a dedicated la sfoglina (an Italian women) hand-making over 10 different varieties, from strozzapreti and agnolotti to fettuccine and gnocchi.
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