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Food, Dessert at 10 William Street
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The best tiramisu in Sydney

When you want the ultimate Italian pick-me-up, here's where to go

By Emily Lloyd-Tait
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Nothing gives a little lift to the end of a long Italian lunch like a tiramisu. The classic dessert manages to make something that should be weighty (lots of egg, cream, mascarpone, coffee liqueur and coffee-soaked Savoiardi biscuits) feel like a fluffy, cloud-like dream. No matter how much pasta you've scoffed, or how big your bistecca Fiorentina was, somehow we always find room for a little tiramisu, the pick-me-up that puts a caffeinated spring in your step and a little extra shot of booze in your belly. 

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Sydney's best tiramisu

Food, Dessert at 10 William Street
Photograph: Anna Kucera

1. 10 William Street

Restaurants Italian Paddington

Trisha Greentree is the freshly minted head chef of Paddington’s beloved Italian wine bar 10 William Street, stepping into the space left by outgoing chef Enrico Tomelleri. But it wouldn’t be 10 William Street if it didn’t have the pretzel and whipped bottarga on the menu, three pastas and the tiramisù, which is made with a classic combo of a sabayon and mascarpone and possesses more airy lift than a helium balloon. 

Tiramisu at Fratelli Paradiso
Photograph: Anna Kucera

2. Fratelli Paradiso

Restaurants Potts Point

We might be a city of shifting dining whims, but our love of classic Italian never falters. A whole lot of European gesticulation goes on at Fratelli Paradiso, on here, both from the accented floor staff greeting regulars like they’re family and from diners recanting grandiose tales over rustic plates. Once you've made short work of their famous scampi spaghetti or the bistecca Fiorentinas, the right ending note is their extra fluffy tiramisu.

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Dessert at Saga Enmore
Photograph: Yael Stempler

3. Saga

Restaurants Cafés Enmore

Want to impress your next load of dinner party guests? Serve ’em the $20 tiramisu from Saga. Bowdy is soaking the Savoiardi biscuits in tequila, mixing white chocolate into the mascarpone and throwing some Kahlua jelly in there for good measure. If you're in a greedy mood, they also come in smaller sizes so you can sit in and treat yourself, maybe with a bourbon-caramel milkshake for good measure.

Dessert at Pino Vino e Cucina
Photograph: Anna Kucera

4. Pino's Vino e Cucina

Restaurants Italian Alexandria

Like an oasis in the desert, a charming Italian trattoria is the last thing you expect to find in the quiet backstreets of residential Alexandria. The combination of dark timber, warm candlelight, soft leather banquettes, excellent wine and one of Sydney’s most tender steaks is compelling. The only thing missing from this perfect Italian scene is a fluffy tiramisu that seems to defy gravity, and it’s yours for the asking.

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Tiramisu The Dolphin Surry Hills
Photograph: Anna Kucera

5. The Dolphin

Bars Surry Hills

When you're dealing with the classics it's important to consider how far you're willing to stray from tradition (remember 'peagate', when the NYT published a guacamole recipe with peas and everyone lost their minds). People have expectations around Italian desserts, and regard change suspiciously, but at the Dolphin, the addition of paper thin leaves of Australian bean to bar dark chocolate from Zokoko to their tiramisu lends it a delightful cracking sensation and a bright cocoa acidity that lifts the richness of all that aerated cheese. 

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Spaghetti prawns at Fratelli Paradiso
Spaghetti prawns at Fratelli Paradiso
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best Italian restaurants in Sydney

Restaurants Italian

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.

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