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The best Italian fine dining in Sydney

Step up and step out at Sydney's fanciest Italian restaurants

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Italian food needn’t be just about the red sauce joints (although they hold a pretty special place in our hearts too). With Sydney’s extensive Italian population, we do some of the best fancy Italian in the country. Here’s our list of where to go for a romantic Italian meal, or just an epic feast of beautiful Italian food. 


A former Ormeggio Chef is behind this new wave Italian fine diner right on the water. They do an eight-course degustation for dinner, a swift 45 minute four-course business lunch and do it all with a side serve of Japanese.

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Darling Harbour

Ormeggio at The Spit

Ormeggio delivers, from service to wine to food, in a convivial setting. Plus, it’s not outrageously exxy. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect long lunch to you, we’ll eat our hats.

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You know what they say when it comes to art: wretched excess is never enough. The luscious, dizzying art collection on the walls at this Paddington stayer is only second to eating in gallerist and socialite Ray Hughes’ house.

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A Tavola - Bondi

The look of the place follows the same cues that made the original A Tavola such a hit. Big copper orbs light the room and marble communal tables double as workbenches for the chefs rolling out fresh pasta. It’s a like a living window display. 

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Bondi Beach

Pilu at Freshwater

Giovanni and Marilyn Pilu have one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area – it may have panoramic views of the beach, but you may be too distracted by the suckling pig to notice.

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Out of all the Star restaurants, Balla is the one that feels most like a place you’d want to just drop by and hang out mid-week, or really amp it up on a big night out. Saluté.

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Darling Harbour


It’s hard to think of a more picturesque lunching venue. You’re sitting on a plush, white banquette in a light-filled room looking out over the azure waters of the rooftop swimming pool.

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Otto Ristorante

This waterside Italian restaurant offers one of the best vegan menus in the city. It's not cheap, we grant you, but it's worth the investment.

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Still got a hunger?

The best Italian restaurants in Sydney

Italian food is the unofficial second cuisine of Sydney (the first being Thai). Many of the city's best fine dining and casual eateries have heavily Italian influenced menues, and while good pizzerias and dirt-cheap red sauces places are harder to find than the poshest stuff, there are still spades of options to choose from. We've picked our favourites from every style, so no matter what mood you're in, there's something here for you. 

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By: Time Out editors