If you haven't made time to eat an authentic bucatini dish with a glass of red and fresh bread outside a trattoria in Italy, Perth has got you covered. These local eateries will fill your every carb-filled desire with beautifully crafted pizzas, hand-made pastas and desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth – at least temporarily. Spend some time at these joints and you'll forget you're in Australia. Here's the list of the best Italian restaurants in Perth.
PREGO RESTAURANT (Floreat)
Prego Restaurant in Floreat is one of the state's top Italian restaurants. The sleek venue fuses traditional Italian flavours with a more modern Mediterranean approach. Menu offerings such as grilled Moreton Bay bugs with Fremantle octopus and a roquette salad with avocado and crispy eggplant are a completely different kind of flavour sensation. If you can't choose between the seemingly endless innovative dishes, then set yourself down for the degustation and try the best of everything. Pants with a stretchy waist are recommended.
Location: 440 Cambridge Street, Floreat WA 6014
BRAVO'S (East Victoria Park)
In the mood for pasta but you've just gone gluten-free? Not to worry, Bravo's at East Victoria Park has gluten-free options aplenty! Alongside traditional Italian classics of pasta and pizza, the trattoria also serves up hand-made pumpkin and ricotta agnolotti and a signature dish of confit pork belly. Tempted? I'll end this by saying that aperitifs are available and priced between $10 - $15; you're welcome.
Location: 933 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park WA 6101
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CIAO ITALIA (South Perth)
This unassuming Italian eatery is like stepping into a secret little Roman side store. The quaint venue is fitted with red and white gingham tablecloths, adding to the authenticity of your dining experience. Order a beautifully wood-fired pizza topped with a range of traditional and regional coverings. Or mix things up and tantalise your taste-buds with homemade squid ink pasta with a creamy white wine sauce.
Location: 273 Mill Point Road, South Perth WA 6151
SORRENTO RESTAURANT (Northbridge)
Alfonso's Sorrento restaurant has been running for 53 years between various locations. The success of the family-run restaurants can be measured by Sorrento's use of high quality ingredients and lovingly hand-made pasta and pizza. Order one of the dishes the Italian eatery is famed for, such as the risotto ai funghi, abborio rice topped with duo porcini mushrooms, fresh basil and shaved parmigiano. So, take a well-deserved break from your work week and head to Sorrento for a night of shameless gorging.
Location: 158 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
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GALILEO BUONA CUCINA (Shenton Park)
This high quality Italian kitchen is fitted with stylish and intimate furnishings, making it the perfect venue for your next special occasion. With chef Vincenzo Soresi constantly adapting the menu to use only seasonal ingredients, the food produced is of the freshest and highest quality. While the venue is fancy, the food is affordable, so sit back and enjoy wood-fired baked lamb, grilled pork back-strap and air dried wagyu beef. Sound good? We'll see you there!
Location: 199-203 Onslow Road, Shenton Park WA 6008
SOLO PIZZA (South Perth)
As the name suggests, this casual Italian eatery's menu is entirely based around pizza. If you do something well, why do anything else? That's the mentality at Solo and with 33 different toppings on offer – it definitely pays off. With options like the Vegetariana topped with mozzarella, capsicum, artichokes, zucchini, grilled eggplant and mushrooms, you'll be wanting in on a pizz-a the action as well.
Location: 5/135A Coode Street, South Perth WA 6151
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