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7 Italian Restaurants In Melb You Need To Visit

Published on 06 Jun 2020
By Co-lab Pantry

Photo by Capitano Instagram

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7 Italian Restaurants In Melb You Need To Visit

Published on 06 Jun 2020
By Co-lab Pantry

Being avid travellers, it's no wonder so many Melburnians crave a little carb load with pizza and pasta, negroni and spritz, taking them back to Italy. 

We've rounded up seven of our favourite Italian restaurants in Melbourne you need to visit!

 


1. CAPITANO
American-Italian style pizza and pasta in Melbourne. The geniuses behind Bar Liberty - Casey Wall, Manu Potoi and Michael Bascetta are the masterminds of Capitano. They do pizza and pasta with creativity. Pizzas are packed with flavour with a perfectly char cooked crust at the right height. Pasta is cooked in vodka sauce - yes, vodka sauce. Chef-owner Casey Wall knows his stuff. Get it on repeat with a wine or two from their selection of Italian drops, or Australian wines, mostly including Italian ingredients. 


2. KAPRICA
This gem located on Grattan Street in Carlton is the perfect date night go-to. Kaprica features rustic settings with a dark ambiance that really sets the mood. Dine in front of the exposed kitchen and go with either pizza or pasta. Be sure to order a wine of sorts, it's the real home-feel Italian feast whilst sipping as the Nonnos would, in short glasses. 


3. ROCCELLA
These guys are the new kids on the block, but a few pizza bites in and you wouldn't think so. Think great southern Italy style pizza to perfection. The Pizzaiolos' here stretch their pizzas by hand, no rolling pin (that's basically a sin as we've been told), ingredients thrown on with a lot of love and shovelled into the wood-fire oven which is imported direct from Italy. If you're feeling something a little more on the pasta side, opt for the squid ink Tagliatelle, it's a ridiculously good as it sounds. 

 

4. SPQR
If you're out and about and craving a little Italian, pop into SPQR's Liverpool street venue and grab your self a pizza by the slice, or three. SPQR's sourdough pizza base is fermented overnight, cooking all pizzas to perfection. All pizzas can be made gluten free and topped with vegan cheese, should you prefer. Opting for fluffy carbs? Then go for the wood fired gnocchi, cooked with Napoli sauce, basil, parmesan and mozzarella di bufala. 


5. 400 GRADI

If you haven't heard of these guys, you've been living under a rock. Best known for their literal award-winning pizza, these guys never disappoint. Owner and Pizza chef, Johnny Di Francesco has been in the game for a long time and is basically known as Mr Pizza himself by the best in the pizza industry. Go here and get their award-winning Margherita pizza, or their Guinness World Record Breaking 154 Cheese pizza. Yes, 154 different type of cheese.


6. RUPERT ON RUPERT

It's not completely Italian, but it is pizza, and pizza is Italian. Go here with friends or an intimate one-on-one. Rupert and Rupert is a combination of both moody and cosy. Order yourself the Tomislav pizza that'll tickle your tastebuds with a kick of hot salumi, jalapeno, smoked scamorza, chilli and san marzano. While that's being cooked in the wood fire oven, have one of the bartenders shake something up to highlight those pizza spices. 

7. BAIA DI VINO
Baia Di Vino literally meaning wine bay is an expression of the simple European coastal life, and they've brought that to Sandringham. Boasting a menu that changes seasonally, you'll find Mediterranean small bites, mouth-watering mains to desserts and everything in between. It's the perfect hang out midweek, or weekend - midday, or evening. Speak to one of Baia Di Vino's staff and have them select the menu for you. It's the team behind Malvern East's Riserva wine bar, so they'll keep you hydrated with the best kind. If you're not a local, you'll soon become one, with plates such as the Beetroot ravioli filled with goats cheese, hazelnut brown butter and sage.