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Adelaide’s 8 Best Italian Restaurants of 2020

Things are about to get saucy with our list of the eight best Italian restaurants in Adelaide…

From pizza to pasta and everything in between; if you’re searching for Adelaide’s ultimate culinary experiences, you can now spend more time spooning into the best pasta in Adelaide and less time stressing about where to actually dough go to.

So, to help you appreciate the world of Italian cuisine, we’ve found the eight best Italian restaurants in Adelaide that you must visit this year:

River Cafe
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River Cafe

If you could win first prize purely on location, River Cafe would still be numero uno. A floating pavilion on the river Karrawirra Parri or otherwise known as the River Torrens, River Cafe is a combination of equally beautiful views and beautiful Italian food. The restaurant is designed to ooze comfort and boast atmosphere, with windows rolling away on warmer days and a fireplace to warm the cooler winter evenings. The food is kept simple, flavoursome, is sourced locally and above all, is fresh. If you’re looking for the best Italian in Adelaide, this is one of the places to go.

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War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide, SA 5006
La Trattoria
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La Trattoria

If you’re after an iconic Adelaide culinary experience, this is it. With three generations of restaurateurs behind it, La Trattoria is one of the oldest, most famous and one of the best Italian restaurants in Adelaide. Owned by the original team, Andrea and Natale, La Trattoria has an impressive history. Andrea was crowned the world’s best pizza maker in New York and the restaurant has seen copious famous diners such as Mick Jagger and Jon Bon Jovi. Stuck on what to order? We’d recommend the winner of the Best Gourmet Pizza competition – the Andy’s Marinara Fresh Seafood (from $26).

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346 King William St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Chianti
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Chianti

There’s something special about Chianti. Considered as one of the best Italian restaurants in Adelaide, Chianti  is currently in its 34th year of serving up outstanding cuisine in what could be considered one of the best Italian dining locations and atmospheres in Australia. The food menus change several times a year, and they are heavily focused on seasonal and local produce, taking strong influence directly from regional Italy. If you’re still not convinced, Chianti was awarded the Ospitalità Italiana accreditation from the Italian Government and Italian Chamber of Commerce in Australia – need we say more?

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160 Hutt St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Borsa Pasta Cucina
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Borsa Pasta Cucina

Here’s an Italian history lesson for today: Borsa is the Italian stock exchange. But, here in Australia, Borsa Pasta Cucina is home to some of the best Italian cuisine in South Australia. Providing guests with a bubbly, retro dining homey feeling; the pasta is fresh and the servings are well beyond generous – providing Adelaide Italian cuisine lovers with a pure and authentic culinary experience. For your visit we’d recommend to go hungry and to dig into one of Borsa’s four, two- to four-course sharing options (from $32 pp) that is perfect for lunch or dinner. And, don’t forget to try one of their Italian cocktails, with our favourite being the Nonnos Ice Tea ($12).

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1/25 Grenfell St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Antica Pizzeria e Cucina
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Antica Pizzeria e Cucina

Antica Pizzeria e Cucina offers a seamless Italian culinary experience in the heart of Adelaide. You’ll find the recognisable wood oven pizzas, one-metre-long pizza and of course, not to forget, the handmade daily fresh pasta that is sure to make you drool. The decor is Mediterranean-inspired and fitted out with custom designed interiors; combined with the food and wine, Antica Pizzeria e Cucina creates the perfect dining experience in Adelaide.

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226 Morphett St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Pranzo
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Pranzo

Pranzo is an Italian restaurant which prides itself on delivering fresh local produce. There aren’t too many Italian restaurants that delve into the breakfast service but Pranzo thought they might – and needless to say, we’re glad they did. From the breakfast menu we’d recommend to start your day by ordering the Poached Eggs ($16) with pancetta, avocado, baby spinach and sour dough. Or, if lunch is to more your liking, start with the House Made Arancini ($16), continue with the chilli-infused Squid ink Spaghettini ($34) and finish with a cheese plate or a scoop of one of their gelato’s.

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46 Exchange Pl, Adelaide, SA 5000
Osteria Oggi
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Osteria Oggi

Found less than a five-minute walk away from Hindmarsh Square, for the best Italian in Adelaide’s CBD, you cannot look past Osteria Oggi. Featuring a menu based on what they themselves love to eat; Adelaidians can expect fresh seasonal produce that is served in a sharing manner – true Italian style. The pasta is made by hand daily and the wine list is sure to feature one of your new found favourite drops. Although everything here is heavenly, be sure to try the gnocchi – you won’t regret it.

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76 Pirie St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Parlemento
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Parlemento

Perfect from breakfast through to dinner and even after-work drinks, Parlemento is by far one of the best pasta places in Adelaide. If you’re not too sure on what to order, for breakfast we’d recommend the Spiced Honey Pancakes ($15) that’s topped with with poached pears, caramel sauce, walnuts and maple syrup. Otherwise, for a heartier feed, the Quaglie al Forno ($34) – quails oven baked in brandy sauce with crispy prosciutto and baby carrots – will be sure to leave you feeling full. Don’t forget, always leave room for dessert – the cannoli here is a must-try.

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140 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

Adelaide foodies, are you looking to appease your tastebuds even more? Start by shucking your way through the best oyster bars and restaurants around South Australia before clinking your glasses at the best gin bars around Australia. We’ll say cheers to that!

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This article was first published on 11 January 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on 26 October 2020.
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