Top 10 Italian: Sydney
We are on the hunt for the best Italian Restaurants the Sydney CBD has to offer!
We recently released a survey asking the people of Sydney how and where they like their Italian. From this we have uncovered Sydneysider’s favourite Italian restaurants.
Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano
]Machiavelli has been a Sydney establishment for 30 years, often graced by the business and political elite, many of whom have portraits adorning the walls of the European style restaurant. The food is classically Italian, with a focus on traditional Neapolitan cuisine. The menu features hearty mains and delicious pasta, such as the famous Spaghetti Machiavelli, served with King Prawns, mushrooms in a butter, chilli and basil garlic sauce ($35).
Fratelli Fresh claims (quite rightly) to be Sydney’s favourite local Italian. The Bridge Street Restaurant is both cosy and sophisticated, with an open pizza kitchen near the entrance and a long open bar. With a broad menu covering all the Italian favourites, from antipasti, pasta, pizza and delicious desserts, everyone is sure to leave satisfied. The drinks menus is equally impressive, with plenty of seasonal cocktails and a decent wine list.
Rosetta is located in the elegant, light filled Grosvenor Building, complete with an outdoor terrace, and styled in a sophisticated yet comfortable way. The delicious menu features plenty of fresh seafood, in both pasta and main dishes. The signatures dishes are Zuppa Di Pesce Garlic Bruschetta, and Torta Di Verona. The wine list is 41 pages long and is sure to please all types of wine lovers.
Time stands still at Pendelino with the low warm lighting, crisp white table cloths and dark wooden floors and banquettes. The menu is equally timeless, cooked with fresh ingredients in classic and rich pastas and risottos, and hearty main courses. The pasta is a must, handmade in the restaurant each day. The Eclair Alla Gianduia is the perfect way to end your meal.
La Rosa the Strand
La Rosa is a warm European style restaurant with space to sit at the bar or the long tables that run down the restaurant. Since its opening, an imported Italian volcanic rock grill and a custom-built rosticceria have been added, rounding out the southern Italian menu. Delicious mains, pastas and pizzas are on offer, as well as spit roasted pig.
Bacco Osteria e Espresso
Bacco, located in the buzzing Angel Place, is modern and relaxed, but the food is serious business. Made with fresh ingredients, the menu is constantly changing, and mostly handmade. The menu reflects many different regions of Italy, with traditional pasta dishes, such as a chef’s nonna’s recipe of handmade pistachio and pecorino gnocchi. Highlights include pizza by the slice, seasonal cocktails and 70+ wine list.
Intermezzo is a Sydney staple, set in the historic GPO building, diners can eat alfresco overlooking Martin Place, in the cosy front room or in the centre of the GPO under the glass atrium that reaches eight floors above. The menu is delicious, the antipasto platter is a must, and the pasta and mains are exquisite. Over 2000 wines are encased in a 7.5 meter wine tower, adding to the sense of luxury.
Uccello, looking onto the rooftop pool of the iconic Sydney Ivy complex, has a modern take on classic Italian. A delicious blend of sturdy classic pastas and lighter mains perfectly complements the relaxed and colourful setting. Uccello’s stone oven is a highlight, creating dishes such as Near River suckling pig with nectarine, balsamic and pickled zucchini, capers and oregano. A 450 strong wine list rounds out the dining experience.
Bambini Trust Restaurant and Wine Room
Bambini Trust, over 20 years old, and is located in the plush St James Building, is a charmingly classic location for your next Italian feast. The menu is hearty and timeless Italian, made with fresh ingredients and varying slightly with each season. The Bambini Spaghettini, with a Sauté of Yamba Prawns, Chilli & Garlic ($26/$36) is a specialty. The excellent European wine list is a bonus.
Janus, located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, offers wonderful, fresh and casual outdoor Italian dining, focusing on house made, rustic Italian cuisine and Apertivi cocktails. You can enjoy a selection of pizzas, house made pastries, salads, sharing plates and more substantial mains under the ‘green wall’ of hanging plants. Great wines and cocktails are also on offer from lunch to after work drinks.