Melbourne has always had a strong Italian influence, especially after World War II, when the city saw a surge in immigration. Today we reap the benefits, from long-established institutions to modern gems with a contemporary flair.
Whether you prefer the old school or the new school, Melbourne’s finest Italian eateries share one common European value: a deep respect for food as a powerful unifying force. So, gather your favourite people and treat yourself to an Italian feast at one of Melbourne’s best Italian restaurants.
Having spent years delivering lasagne across town in his trusty ’91 Holden Barina, owner Joey Kellock decided to level up by taking over a former pizza shop. With a dedicated following, he now delights his customers by serving up his famous, saucy slabs of lasagne alongside delectable sides of salumi and refreshing spritzers to complement the meal. If you’re looking for the best lasagne in town, you’ve found it.
If you believe in legends, you might believe Pellegrini’s received Melbourne’s first espresso machine. But even if you don’t, this institution is worth a visit. The iconic spot on Bourke Street is always packed with workers, students, and anyone looking for a hearty bowl of pasta or a strong espresso at 9.00AM. Grab a seat at this cosy narrow establishment and enjoy a taste of Italian life.
Bar Idda will transport you to the streets of Palermo, with home-style Sicilian cuisine. Relish in nostalgic Italian desserts, and soak in the warm and welcoming ambience that awaits you.
Keep alert for the striking olive-green facade along Prahan’s High Street as it leads you to this elegant restaurant and bar. Inside, find a devoted “pasta lab” where various pasta shapes and sizes are skillfully crafted, with a special focus on egg-based pastas reminiscent of northern Italy.
Despite opening years ago, the alluring Tipo 00 continues to draw crowds of eager diners yearning to taste its crafted yet uncomplicated pasta dishes. Choose from a selection of secondi and dolci, or the salumi offerings are best savoured while seated at its marble bar.
At this stylish osteria, the owners proudly showcase their Italian heritage by serving a delectable array of filled pasta inspired by the Lombardy region in Italy’s north. To pay homage to their second home, Down Under, the menu emphasises locally sourced produce, while the wine list exclusively features outstanding Australian wines.
Drawing inspiration from the charming trattorias of northern Italy, Emilia offers a versatile dining experience to suit any occasion. Whether you crave a relaxed and satisfying lunch with their delightful tagliatelle alla bolognese or prefer a more indulgent evening with a degustation menu showcasing main dishes inspired by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Emilia has you covered.
Standing tall among the city’s collection of modern and sophisticated Italian restaurants, this establishment is a Windsor staple. Here, you will discover a delightful blend of classic dishes infused with subtle, innovative twists. To complement the culinary experience, their wine list showcases the finest selections from Italy’s premier growing regions.