Italians love two things above all else; their food and
their family. Using the hands as their medium, rolling, kneading and stretching
dough is a movement engrained in any Italian's blood, creating pasta and pizza
bases to perfection with only the aid of several ingredients, celebrating the
honesty of quality produce, making each ingredient as prominent as it can be
with simplicity in its execution.
Italian cooking is a practice passed through generations and
for many, a seemingly melodic and therapeutic routine involving many in the
kitchen at once, bringing the family together for preparation and feasting.
Perhaps it is this tradition of sharing which makes the experience of dining at
an authentic restaurant so appealing for Australians, so it is no surprise that
it is one of the most popular and widely adopted cuisines the world over. So, grab
your loved ones and share the Italian philosophy for life through good food,
with our top picks for authentic restaurants around the country.
Florentino Restaurant, Grill & Cellar Bar | VIC
With a colourful history spanning over a century, the Chef
Hat awarded Grossi Florentino Restaurant, Grill & Cellar Bar has
contributed to the cultural and culinary growth of Melbourne's dining scene.
Owner and Executive Chef, Guy Grossi works vigorously with a passionate team,
driven to provide excellence and execution with style. Make your choice from
Grossi Florentino’s grill menu, which may feature the likes of Cape Grim
porterhouse, or perhaps take to the upstairs restaurant area for a la carte
dining, with a menu that showcases refined Italian dishes such as Berkshire
pork with black pudding, pumpkin, pine nuts, apricot and cider.
at The Spit | NSW
For those seeking a lavish dining experience just north of
Sydney, allow multi award-winning, Italian inspired, Ormeggio at The Spit to
welcome you into their breathtaking establishment. Offering a piece of Italy
with contemporary style, Ormeggio provides alluring dishes to enjoy with a
glass of impeccably matched wine. Delight in a relaxing Sunday and allow the
Chef to cook five courses for you, dining as the sun sets over Middle Harbour,
perhaps savouring a bottle of Antica Cascina Brut Rosé.
of Victor Harbour | SA
Established in 1974, Nino’s of Victor Harbor is famed across
not only kilometres, but also generations. For many, no visit to the Victor
Harbor seaside would be complete without visiting this simple, modern family
restaurant, which caters for all tastes and occasions – weddings included. Though
prize-winning pizzas are Nino’s trademark, there’s also a superb choice of
salads, seafood and pasta dishes, steaks and desserts to keep any diner happy.
Chatswood | NSW
Nestled in the lively shopping mall precinct, The District,
Marciano’s Italian inspired restaurant and bar is a popular hotspot for hungry
shoppers of Chatswood. Marciano’s offers a welcoming space for those gathering to
enjoy small bites and a glass or two of Italian wine, while serious diners can
immerse themselves in the rustic ambiance, ready for a flavoursome, culinary
adventure to Italy. Mouth-watering aromas of wood fired pizzas waft through the
restaurant, whilst mains are equally as enticing, contributing handmade pastas
in rich sauces.
Lindfield | NSW
Look in Lindfield for Italian inspired cuisine, and discover
the delights that await at Marciano’s. With a buoyant mood in full swing,
Marciano’s poster plastered walls, hardwood flooring, Italian marble bar and
studded dark leather banquette creates a popular casual dining setting,
reflecting New York style with an Italian twist. Enjoy fresh house made pastas
like spaghetti with fresh seafood, or share in a signature Speciale di Marciano
pizza with fior di latte, tomato, rocket, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and
Mediterranean Restaurant | NSW
Residing along the quiet, tree lined street of Allison
Crescent in Menai sits Oliva Restaurant. Oliva has created a traditional menu
of authentic dishes, serving the freshest seafood available and making tasty gnocchi
fresh daily. Opt for a starter of salt and pepper squid, served with lime and
sweet chilli dipping sauce before devouring Oliva’s signature barbeque pork
ribs or devour a plate of Gorgonzola gnocchi with asparagus and creamy sauce.
Cavallino, St Ives | NSW
Wedged in on the busy Mona Vale Road strip in St Ives is
authentic Italian pizzeria and ice cream haven, Rosso Cavallino. Students and
avid foodies make the trip Northward, to blend in with hungry locals sampling
traditional tastes of Italy in pizza form, and admire rows of colourful drool
worthy gelato in a gleaming cabinet. The adventurous will possibly gravitate
towards the Perri Perri chicken pizza with mushroom, mozzarella and Perri
Perri, while those after something simple will appreciate the tasty Prosciutto
Bianca with rocket, tomato, Parmesan and olive oil.
Via | NSW
Home to the two-metre-long pizzas in Denistone East, book in
group catch-ups for a feast at Mezza Via Italian inspired restaurant on North
Road. A casual ambiance is suited to both families and friends dining together
inside this warm establishment filled with the chatter of conversation and a
tantalising stream of aromas wafting from a wood fired pizza oven. Family owned
and operated for over a decade, regular diners return time and time again for
freshly made red and white based pizzas and pastas using a combination of
Italian imported ingredients and premium local produce.
Pizzeria | NSW
Aiming to deliver the authenticity of a true Neapolitan
pizza to Sydney’s northern suburbs is Verace Pizzeria, a widely popular Italian
restaurant in Macquarie Park. A huge wood fired pizza oven releases a stream of
mouth-watering aromas, filling a semi-alfresco dining space with oozing
temptation. Diners of all ages mingle together in a lively dining ambiance at
tiered tables specially designed for sharing antipasto and long pizzas. A wide
variety of wood fired pizzas are created using Italian ingredients such as San
Marzano tomatoes and Buffalo mozzarella by a team of award-winning pizza Chefs.
Cucina Italiana | WA
In the coastal town of Rockingham, along Civic Boulevard is
a little taste of Italy, Andiamo Cucina Italiana. Be transported abroad as you
enter a modern interior of crisp table linens, splashes of red and bi folding
doors opening onto a spacious alfresco dining area, creating a space inspired
by the streets of Italy. Andiamo is a multi-award winning restaurant, offering
authentic yet refined Italian fare. Andiamo Cucina Italiana has been recognised
and awarded by the Italian embassy for being truly, authentic Italian.
Dining | NSW
Find Sydneysiders congregating with family and friends at
Allegra Dining on Danks Street. Once inside, find a chic restaurant donning a
luxuriously, spacious dining hall filled with reclaimed polished timbers, bold
circular light features and Italian marble tabletops, aptly setting the scene
for smart, casual dining. Delight in innovative dishes from a menu steeped in
Italian tradition, like delicately complex entrees of poached honey bugs with a
saffron aioli to handmade squid ink spaghetti tossed with mussels, tomato, sea
urchin butter and bottarga, before larger plates of lamb ribs with balsamic,
puffed amaranth and sheep milk yoghurt, finishing the night with a heavenly
tiramisu and zokoko chocolate.