If pasta and pizza is life – then we have the list of best Italian eats in Perth for you.
Move over spaghetti and meatballs (though we don’t mind them every now and then too), we’ve tracked down some seriously great Italian restaurants here in Perth for you to try.
Whether it’s pizza, pasta or beautiful regional dishes that have your pick, you won’t be disappointed with these venues.
Lulu La Delizia
Subiaco’s prized hotspot Lulu La Delizia is a small and oh so charming eatery and wine bar that specialises in the premium fresh pasta and the delights of Friuli and the Venetian spice route.
These guys are the pasta pros – they spend hours of time crafting and perfecting pasta so you can taste the texture, and savour the silkiness in every luxurious bite. The wine list is excellent, and the team here know their beverages to a tee, so there’s plenty of fun to be had leaving the decisions up to them and being surprised at every sip.
Same can be said about doing their chef’s banquet menu, which has the kitchen pumping out plates at their discretion – just make sure you wear stretchy pants because you will leave oh so full.
La Madonna Nera
Hatched with a philosophy of promoting community and inclusivity in a little local that spoke of haven, comfort and famiglia, La Madonna Nera has achieved all that it set out to do.
It’s a little hole in the wall in Mount Hawthorn, and features a menu that is seasonal and regularly evolving. But wow does it impress. Memorable bites such as house focaccia crostino with whipped ricotta, marinated zucchini and mint; or kangaroo crudo with n’duja, anchovy and onion marmellata are truly epic to say the least. Same can be said about their vanilla and spied apricot jam semifreddo in a peanut butter miso biscotto sandwich. Oof, these guys are not messing around when it comes to Italian food – and same goes for their cocktails and wines too.
Start with a negroni, end with a heavy-bodied red, and try some other drops in between while you’re at it too.
Galileo Buona Cucina
Located in the heart of Shenton Park, Galileo Buona Cucina is a long-standing Italian restaurant for a good reason.
The authenticity of what they do is recognised by the Italian government with the Ospitalità Italiana quality seal, which marks not just the menu and wine list, but also the presence of Italian staff too. There’s dishes present as part of their offering which are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere on menus in Perth, such as their pansotti (filled pasta pockets with collard greens and walnut sauce), pasticcio di melenzana (eggplant and prosciutto pudding) and more.
One mouthful and you’ll feel transported overseas.
Cecchi’s Bar and Restaurant
Homestyle Italian fare is threaded through every inch and every crumb of what you’ll find at Cecchi’s Bar and Restaurant in Inglewood.
Family owned and run, there’s love in every bite, and the venue itself is utterly charming whether you tuck away inside in a corner, or soak up sunshine (or moonlight) in the courtyard. Get their panzanelle (deep fried pizza dough) while you contemplate what to order. From homemade fettuccine with slow-cooked Bolognese, to squid ink linguini allo scoglio, you’ll be torn on what bite is right for you.
Spoiler alert: they’re all great.
A much loved inner city local, Lalla Rookh is part restaurant, part bar.
The produce, tradition and creativity honours Italian cuisine but the food still maintains a very distinct feels to it which is all part of the magic of this CBD spot. Their Il Capo (chef’s menu) option is a feed me plethora of dish after dish, and a great way to experience all they have to offer here. But if that’s not your speed then try their pleasing pizzas, housemade pasta or cold smoked Bistecca Fiorentina.
It’s seasonal, changes often and will leave you satisfied beyond belief after the last bite is swallowed.
Once a seaside 1930’s art-deco cabaret hall on Cottesloe Beach, Il Lido is now an Italian canteen that attracts hoards of people from all over Perth (and beyond) to visit.
The team here are passionate about pasta, wine, coffee and cheese – which is all you could ever want in a great Italian restaurant if you ask us. But whatever you do, make sure you save room for their tiramisu which will render you speechless as you marvel how ridiculously creamy and flavoursome it is.
The fact that you get that lovely seaside air wafting in too makes it all the better.
Fremantle’s favourite Italian restaurant La Sosta is home to homemade hero dishes that are from both mainland and regional Italy.
The melanzana alla napoletana (fried eggplant with mozzarella and tomatoes) is just one example of the incredible offerings here, and it is everything you didn’t know you were missing. The bright Caprese salad of buffalo bocconcini, tomatoes and basil is simple, yet super scrumptious – after all, who doesn’t love cheese.
Get around it, and everything else this Port City venue has to offer.
Located in South Perth, Automatic is a casual eatery which focuses on showcasing love and affiliations of Italian food and lifestyle.
Serving thin, crispy Roman-style pizzas, pastas and plates, Automatic has a true commitment to using only the best quality ingredients to have your tastebuds dancing in response.
The menu is lengthy, so there’s definitely something for everyone, but that doesn’t mean the dishes are comprised in any way.
Celebrity Chef Guy Grossi has brought his Italian flare and culinary skills to Hibernian Place in Perth at Garum, located in the Westin Hotel.
The namesake is a Roman fish sauce made by salting and fermenting fish in small clay vessels, which were used commonly throughout ancient Roman cooking. The osteria has a menu that focuses on ancient cooking techniques and modern dishes, producing something truly special. Indulge in their crab maltagliati pasta, their Arkady lamb shoulder with parmigiano or their quail with golden shallots.
Washed down with one of their many drink options – or a glass of their cabernet merlot collaboration with Voyager Estate which is also aptly named Garum.
What do you get when you mix together Perth coffee roasters with Roman cuisine? You’ll find the answer at Mount Hawthorn’s Lupo Lab.
While their breakfast menu isn’t Italian per se, the lunch and dinner hit it home with polpette (meatballs with sugo), suppli (rice balls with sugo and mozzarella) and their crowd-pleasing tonnarello carbonara with guanciale, pecorino romano and egg emulsion. Don’t forget about their pappardelle with baby goat, or their saltimbocca.
They’ve relocated just up the road on William Street in Northbridge from their original haunt, and te new digs are just what we didn’t know we needed in our lives.
No Mafia is centred around beautiful wine and pasta, and they definitely deliver. The antipasti sets the tone with delights like fritto misto, burrata and house pickled octopus. But then there’s the pasta which for those who are gluten free, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a decent GF pasta you can sub in and it tastes pretty darn good.
It’s hard to choose from the options on the menu but our hot pick is the broccoli, basil and three-cheese lasagne, or the pappardelle with braised duck and mushroom.
Finish the night off with affogato and nocello, and watch the street traffic pass you by as the stars twinkle above.
There’s no place quite like Spritz Spizzicheria in Mount Hawthorn – and if you’ve been then you know exactly what we mean by that.
Yes, Aperol Spritzes sit at the heart of what they do (and when you order a spritz you get a bit of live theatrics at your table, plus antipasto to nibble on in accompaniment). But it goes beyond the people-pleasing cocktail, you can also enjoy some oh so tasty Italian fare too. Pizza, pasta, soup, osso buco, parmigiana… it’s all here and it’s all totally calling your name.
It’s spritz time!
Wembley’s small Italian wine bar Mummucc is the creation of the same geniuses behind pizza royalty Monsterella, which is also just a couple doors down.
Beyond an utterly delicious drinks list, the food is modern and yet rustic in the way they hone in on true Italian flavours. Pastas can include the likes of a trenette with duck, or sopressini with mushroom and pangrattato. Plates are worthy of celebration thanks to dishes such as their Fremantle octopus arrostocini, Skull Island tiger prawns with bottarga butter, and black angus sirloin with beef fat vinaigrette.
Is it just us, or is your mouth watering uncontrollably just at the thought?
Threecoins Italian Trattoria
There’s no denying the family spirit that Threecoins Italian Trattoria in Mount Lawley embodies.
The name comes from the literal translation of Trequattini, a family originally from Umbria in Italy who moved to Perth with the dream to create a traditional, regional Italian cuisine restaurant. The menu has all the heavy hitters, from arancini and bruschetta, to handmade pasta and woodfired pizza – all using local Western Australian produce such as Miller + Baker grains, Mondo Butchers meats and Mottanai Lamb.
You might be surprised to find one of Perth’s best Italian eats in Guildford.
If you haven’t heard by now, we do have a bit of love for Guildford as one of our favourite weekend spots.
Locale Mio (‘My Local’) is an authentic Italian restaurant bringing together people and food direct from the farm to your plate.
Situated on James Street in Guildford and behind The Guildford Hotel, Locale Mio specialises in authentic Italian tapas, wood-fired pizzas and of course delicious pasta.
A personal favourite at the moment is the Caserecce ragu d’agnello – fresh Caserecce pasta served with slowly cooked lamb shoulder ragu.
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