Italian Restaurants in Australia

  • Estivo

    Estivo

    Creative Italian cuisine and modern dining await at Estivo on busy High Street i...

  • Via Della Spiga

    Via Della Spiga

    Hearty Italian fare satisfies North Sydney diners' at Via della Spiga on Blu...

  • Jimanick

    Jimanick

    Join la famiglia at Jimanick on Monbulk Road in Silvan for wood fired pizza and ...

  • Salt Meats Cheese Surfers Paradise

    Salt Meats Cheese Surfers ...

    A welcome addition to the Gold Coast’s foodie hub, The 4217, comes Salt Meats Ch...

  • Rocca's Woodfired Pizzeria and Pasta Bar

    Rocca's Woodfired Pizzeria...

    Classic Italian fare and a cosy atmosphere await Blackburn diners at Rocca's...

  • Gusto Italian Bistro

    Gusto Italian Bistro

    For a taste of Northern Italy without leaving Ettalong Beach, head to Gusto Ital...

  • Di Vino Byron Bay

    Di Vino Byron Bay

    Rustic Italian fare with flair awaits Byron Bay locals and visitors at Di Vino o...

  • Stella Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria

    Stella Italian Kitchen and...

    Begin an Italian gastronomic journey while soaking up the Northern Beaches vibe ...

  • Bambino Ristorante

    Bambino Ristorante

    There's opera in the air and authentic Italian on the menu at Bambino Ristor...

  • I Maccheroni

    I Maccheroni

    Offering traditional Italian dining and an exclusive vibe, I Maccheroni in Wooll...

  • La Sera Woodfire Pizzeria

    La Sera Woodfire Pizzeria

    Find a charming red brick building on the corner of St Georges Road and Clauscen...

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    Cultural Influences

    Restaurants in Australia are as diverse as they are plentiful. With a restaurant scene rich with cultural influences from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and Polynesia, Australia has become a destination for restaurant buffs from around the world. While a blossoming food culture exists right throughout the country, Sydney and Melbourne are at the forefront Australia's fine dining scene. "Modern Australian" is the term used to describe our cuisine; a mix of east meets west, somewhat French, somewhat Italian, somewhat Asian. Our own unique style, but unclassifiable.

    Australian Cuisine

    There is no real discernable difference in cuisine from region to another, but influences such as italian and greek in Melbourne and asian in Darwin are noticeable. Australians love their seafood: Sydney rock oysters, Queensland sea scallops, rock lobsters and mud crabs, giant king prawns and Balmain bugs (the Balmain gug or Moreton Bay gug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular crustacean commonly found in restaurants, fish markets and local fish shops), blue eye cod and Barramundi are all delicacies regularly found on menus throughout the country.

    Indigenous foods are also becoming widely recognized and available, enabling the creation of dishes such as: calamari seasoned with lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle linguine tossed with South Australian scallops, native spinach fettuccine with crocodile, creamy bush tomato and macadamia sauce, kangaroo fillet crusted with mountain pepper, served with a pepper berry dressing and rosella flower salad. And of course there are witchetty grubs, a delicacy usually reserved for those who venture into the outback.

    Restaurant Opening Times & Reservations

    From relaxed water front cafes to internationally renowned award winning restaurants, whatever the style, Australia serves up an infinite range of culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Every restaurant operates on their own opening & closing time but as a guide:

    • Breakfast: 7am - 10am
    • Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
    • Dinner: 6pm - 9.30pm

    Reservations are usually made by phone, fax or via the Internet. It is advisable to book award winning restaurants several days – in some instances weeks – in advance. The bill (check/cheque) includes service and tax. Tipping is optional but appreciated. If you are pleased with the service it is customary to add a tip of 5-10%.

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