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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Melbourne

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Melbourne? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.7
4.7 (287)
$41 to $100
Italian
Preston
About the restaurant
Italian Pizzeria and pasta restaurant. Take a seat at the table and enjoy some homemade dishes, the best pizzas and Italian food, with some of the best wines from Italy and cocktails too! Showcasing our love for good food and good wine! A friendly environment for all to enjoy in Preston!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Overall it’s a very good food and venue experience. The only thing that I was disappointed in was that the pizza was soggy in the middle and this could possibly be due to too much red sauce which had a slightly raw taste. Ingredients on the pizza were good quality but maybe too much of them on that type of pizza base. Service was also great. I will definitely keep going 🙂
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4.8
4.8 (348)
$40 and under
Italian
Armadale
About the restaurant
Neighbourhood Pizza. Its pizza for locals. Great for the family, your date or your friends. More than just pizza!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Love this place. Great local! Food, service, experience all awesome.
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4.8
4.8 (1178)
$41 to $100
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.

Top review
DarrenL
Dined 1 day ago
There was a small leak where we sit. But the food was really nice and the wait staff was extremely courteous.
A photo of Zia Rina's Cucina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (201)
$41 to $100
Italian
Armadale
About the restaurant
Modern trattoria in the heart of Armadale serving modern home style Italian with unique and playful touches of personal heritage.
All produce is sourced from the market and local farms.
We cook with soul and integrity and instinct, menus are created on a whim with whatever we feel is the best produce of the season.
$75pp Set Menu only
Please specify dietaries upon booking
BYO available at $25 per bottle

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Everything was wonderful, from the wonderful hospitality the moment you walk in the door and the lovely, authentic Italian ambience to the sensational food (5 course set menu). I recommend trying the Sicilian Margarita.
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4.7
4.7 (287)
$41 to $100
Italian
Brighton
About the restaurant
Aromi, a name resonating with a profound connection to Italy’s culinary tale, entrenched in the aromatic essence of rosemary and an array of herbs. Across each region, a distinctive symphony of herbs gracefully dances to enhance local dishes, forming a celebration of flavours that transcends the ordinary.

Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Italy’s rustic Renaissance, every detail of our space is thoughtfully curated to greet you with an ambiance that exudes warmth and style.

Whether you're enjoying a romantic dinner or celebrating a special occasion, our restaurant located on New Street in Brighton, promises an incredible dining experience. At Aromi, you are more than a guest; you are embraced with the heart of Italian-style comradeship.

Top review
VickyE
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding food and dining experience We loved our meals and the waiting staff were excellent
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4.6
4.6 (65)
$41 to $100
Italian
St Kilda
About the restaurant
Cafe Di Stasio is an intimate dining room that treads a delicate line between well-mannered elegance and indulgent decadence. A place for coming together, a gallery, a cultural centre, an atmosphere, an institution – a marker. More than a meal, Di Stasio is an event – no matter how momentous or intimate, how large or small – to be savoured, enjoyed and reminisced over.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was absolutely outstanding, and the service matched it perfectly. Highly recommend!
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4.7
4.7 (1131)
$101 and over
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
"Everything you want from a sophisticated city Italian restaurant is right here: atmosphere, admirable service, a menu long enough to allow for real choice, an expansive drinks list, flattering lighting, carpets and tablecloths to ensure that sound levels are low enough for a proper conversation."
Enjoy signature dishes - Seafood linguine, Veal Cotoletta and signature steaks from the Josper

One Hat – THE AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2006 - 2023

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent service was provided. Food was outstanding as was the ambience.
A photo of The Moat restaurant
4.8
4.8 (284)
$41 to $100
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Enjoy an Italian escape at The Moat, an intimate haven in the heart of Melbourne.
Set in the basement of the State Library.
Our new menu reflects the Italian heritage of our two owners, Paul and Rosie, and of our head chef Monica. Together, they have created authentic dishes that are hand-made with seasonal local produce, simplicity and love.
Our family welcomes yours to join us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
A great little restaurant in the CBD. The menu is shorter than most but the quality is amazing. Less is definitely more. We had the slow cooked lamb shoulder and it was superb.
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4.8
4.8 (279)
$40 and under
Italian
Balwyn North
About the restaurant
Deli-cafe by day, elegant-restaurant by night. Tesoro Gastronomia is a testament to the belief that a dining experience need not be fussy to be fantastic.

In the evening, the ever-changing chef’s menu pays homage to our Italian roots, presented in a modern context, we explore Italian cuisine's greatest hits whilst taking advantage of the beauty and bounty of seasonal local ingredients.

Tesoro exists to share our passion for the beauty and simplicity of Italian cuisine, and 100% of profits are either donated to local charities or used to sponsor the arts & events in the local community. As a collective, we recognise that our parents & grandparents sacrificed to give our generation the gifts of opportunity & prosperity; so Tesoro was created in their honour to pay their legacy forward.

Top review
DanielleCvip
Dined 6 days ago
A wonderful experience as always. The Giro Italia monthly set menu experience is definitely a must try.
A photo of Grazia Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (816)
$41 to $100
Italian
Glen Iris
About the restaurant
Grazia is a classic, authentic and casual Italian restaurant with a modern twist.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely exceptional. Our server Grace went above and beyond, was incredibly helpful and charming, everything we ordered was a knockout (helped no doubt by her recommendations and a little stalking reviews prior) the venue is stunning. We'll be back.
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