The Winter Italian Issue

From pizza and pasta to gelato and formaggio, the Italian cuisine is perfect for sharing the love with food and family.

Experience a slice of Mediterranean heaven this Father’s Day with your Gourmet Traveller Gift Card at one of our top Italian restaurants below.

Buon appetito!


Al Forno, Bentleigh

Located in the heart of Bentleigh’s Centre Road shopping strip, Al Forno is an Italian delight, combining the rich and soulful tastes of tradition Italian cooking with a contemporary twist.

Bar Carolina, South Yarra

A local eatery where customers feel comfortable stepping in for any purpose; a short visit to take in the Italian wine selection, a quiet dinner for two or the celebration of a special occasion with friends and family.

Caffe e Cucina, South Yarra

A low-lit restaurant with an intimate feel, offering traditional Italian cuisine. Caffé e Cucina is your ‘little piece of Italy’ in Melbourne.

Caterina’s Cucina e Bar, Melbourne

A Melbourne icon with over 20 years in operation, offering sophisticated, traditional Italian lunches with a bow to modernism.

Ciao Celo, Port Melbourne

A restaurant inspired by Art Deco elements, Milano sophistication and the glamour of the 40’s with food that is about strong Italian flavours.

Cosi Bar Ristorante, South Yarra

Friendly atmosphere and relaxed all-day dining feature at Cosi, a modern Italian restaurant and bar. Their menu is based on classic Italian dishes, accompanied by an award-winning wine list and beautiful service.

Cucinetta Restaurant, South Yarra

Cucinetta is a cosy little restaurant in the heart of South Yarra serving delicious Italian food with a weekly-changing menu. It is renowned as a local gem.

D’Amicos Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Wangaratta, Wangaratta

Serving up classic Italian dishes, pizza, fresh fish and plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. A great selection of cocktails, local & regional wines & beers.

Fatto Bar & Cantina, Melbourne

Classic Italian dining in a chic, minimalist space, featuring a leafy outdoor terrace overlooking the city.

Geppetto Trattoria, East Melbourne

An Italian institution of Melbourne with the same family owning it since 1981; Geppetto’s is a genuine neighborhood icon and a must-visit before any local event at the MCG, AAMI park or Rod Laver stadiums directly across the street.

Grossi Florentino, Melbourne

A luxurious dining experience with contemporary Italian cuisine.

Grossi Florentino Grill, Melbourne

A bustling environment with an open kitchen focusing on Tuscan cooking methods including wood fire.

La Camera Southgate, Southbank

Nestled amongst riverside treetops on Southgate’s mid-level, La Camera boasts two balconies with stunning views over the Yarra River and iconic Flinders Street Station. Enjoy authentic Italian food served by friendly, efficient staff in a welcoming environment.

Locale at De Bortoli, Dixons Creek

Share good food and wine with family and friends at this beautiful Northern-Italian inspired trattoria which overlooks the De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate vineyards and hills. The menu is designed around the traditional Italian idea of shared plates using the best local and imported ingredients, some of which are even grown on the estate.

Merchant Osteria Veneta, Melbourne

Merchant is a casual Osteria, a place that allows for all kinds of dining experiences, with a menu that focuses on Venetian cuisine and tradition.

Oster, Richmond

Ostēr focuses on the traditional but mixes it up with a contemporary, unfussy menu based on local produce, matched with a sharp list of Australian drinks.

Rosetta Ristorante Melbourne, Melbourne

Rosetta is one of Australia’s most elegant and sophisticated Italian restaurants, combining an impressive Iain Halliday-designed dining room with professional and authentic service, and a seasonally-driven menu of Neil Perry’s favourite regional recipes from his extensive travels through Italy.

The Grand Richmond, Richmond

Melbourne’s only Pub restaurant with an Age Good Food Guide chefs hat, The Grand is a classic Italian restaurant that is a cut above the competition. Offering an elegant but fun dining room, as well as a great buzzing lounge bar and courtyard.


Capriccio Osteria, Leichhardt

Serving authentic Italian food with love and passion, the goal of Capriccio Osteria is to bring friends and family around the table, in a casual environment and create lasting memories.

Caruso’s Woodfired Pizzeria, Mona Vale

A family-friendly, Italian restaurant providing traditional and authentic Italian food of the finest quality, as well as Italian imported wines and beers.

Chiosco By Ormeggio, Mosman

The team from Ormeggio at The Spit bring you casual waterside diner ‘Chiosco By Ormeggio’. BYO and barefoot-friendly, Chiosco By Ormeggio is a real Italian trattoria with amazing views. 

Glebe Point Diner, Glebe

Humble, homely fare, free of pretention and ego, that nurtures the soul as well as the body.

I  Maccheroni, Woollahra

I Maccheroni has a perfect mix of classic Italian recipes and sustainable local produce that allows Italian Chef Marcello Farioli to design a menu that is authentic, yet modern.

La Favola, Newtown

Located in the heart of Newtown, Favola is a purveyor of fine Italian pasta from Chef Fabio Stefanelli. Enjoy Italian pasta dishes and venture into the uncharted territories of food with a fusion of native Australian ingredients and Italian sensibilities.

MARTA Osteria, Rushcutters Bay

MARTA is dedicated to cucina Romana, the traditional cuisine of Rome. The food is honest and straightforward, refreshing the classics using the best Australian produce. It’s a slice of Rome in Rushcutters Bay.

Ormeggio at The Spit, Mosman

Ormeggio at The Spit is a buzzy Italian seafood restaurant and cocktail bar located in Mosman, with high quality sustainable seafood, great cocktails, fun desserts, and knockout water views.

OTTO Sydney, Woolloomooloo

Situated in the spectacular surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, OTTO Sydney is the quintessential restaurant experience; impeccable service, quality food and stunning, waterside views.

Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater

Pilu at Freshwater is a beloved institution in Sydney food circles, renowned for its authentic, contemporary regional Italian cuisine, its accomplished service, and its stellar wine list.

Rosetta Ristorante Sydney, The Rocks

Rosetta is one of Australia’s most elegant and sophisticated Italian restaurants, which combines impressive interiors with professional and authentic service, and a seasonally-driven menu of Neil Perry’s favourite regional recipes from his extensive travels through Italy.

Sagra, Darlinghurst

Sagra is a casual Italian restaurant that sources seasonal produce and prepares it simply to highlight the ingredients at their best. The frequently rotating food and wine menus gives diners fresh and exciting options.

Sicilian, Parramatta

Located in the heart of Parramatta, Sicilian is popular for its authentic woodfire pizzas, bringing all the warmth and earthy provincial charm of Sicilian and Italian dining to Parramatta.

Via Alta, Willoughby

Located on Sydney’s North Shore, Via Alta’s menu offers classic, well-executed, clean, and simple Italian flavours, with a focus on the Northern regions of Italy.


All Antica Italian Restaurant, Buddina

Keeping true to tradition since opening in 1990, All’ Antica Italian Restaurant has a rich history and heritage, serving traditional Italian cuisine in a welcoming, warm rustic environment.

Harbourside Bar & Kitchen, Cairns North

Harbourside Bar & Kitchen will delight guests with fresh and tasty ingredients from around the region, with menus reflecting a love of great Queensland produce and high value placed on sustainable agriculture.

OTTO Brisbane, Brisbane

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, overlooking the Brisbane River to the iconic Story Bridge, OTTO Brisbane offers diners some of the city’s best views while serving great Australian ingredients in a contemporary Italian style.


Café Sia Gawler, Evanston

Located in the picturesque town of Gawler, not far from the famous Barossa Valley wine region, Café Sia offers fine coffee, an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, and local wine.

Ruby Red Flamingo, North Adelaide

Ruby Red Flamingo is quality Italian – the place to be seen as it mixes style with taste, embracing the traditional and the now.


Amano Restaurant, Perth

Great food and impeccable service in a picturesque waterside setting, where traditional Italian flavours blend with finely crafted, modern Australian dishes.

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