You don’t have to travel all the way to Rome to get the authentic taste of Italy! Sizzling pizza, homemade pasta and delicious desserts can be found at these local Italian eateries for Shire locals and visitors. Save yourself the airplane fare and check out these restaurants for mouth-watering dishes right at your doorstep. Here is the list of the best Italian restaurants in the Shire.
ROCKSALT ITALIAN (Jennali)
As the sister restaurant to Menai’s award-winning Rocksalt, it’s no surprise that Rocksalt Italian has gained a reputation in Jennali for its high-quality food paired with equally impressive service. Alongside traditional pastas and mains, Rocksalt Italian will delight seafood lovers with their baked Atlantic salmon fillet and seafood hotpot. Make sure to come with an appetite – you’ll want to savour every bit of the generous portions put before you.
Location: 92-94 Railway Crescent, Jannali NSW 2226
ALBI'S TABLE (Cronulla)
Entering the hospitality industry at the mere age of 13 and eventually working under Michelin star chefs, Albi Cuni’s culinary skills are brought to the fore at his Cronulla restaurant with an innovative menu that combines Italian cuisine with traditional French and Australian styles. If you’re having trouble deciding on a dish, try the $55 Tapas Tasting Menu which includes a selection of each entree as well as dessert.
Location: 10 Cronulla Street, Cronulla NSW 2230
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CRAVE GOURMET PIZZA CO. (Caringbah)
For those after a more laid back venue, look no further than Caringbah’s Crave Gourmet Pizza Co. Whether you dine in-store or get it delivered it to your door, the pizzas are piping hot, delicious and very reasonably priced. Whether you're a meat lover or vegetarian, the Italian eatery has over 30 pizzas to choose from. Best of all, every five pizzas will earn you a free large one!
Location: 1/38 President Avenue, Caringbah NSW 2229
ALBERO DI LEMONE (Sutherland)
If you happen to be craving Italian before lunchtime, Albero di Lemone in Sutherland has you covered with their delectable breakfast menu. Try their traditional Tuscan breakfast or their Italian version of French toast (and yes, it does involve Nutella). The restaurant always serves the traditional Italian favourites, but boasts a more creative seasonal menu that will always give you something new to try.
Location: 2/720 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland NSW 2232
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GIRO OSTERIA (Cronulla)
Ranked among the ten best Italian restaurants outside of Italy by Italian newspaper Del Corriere Della Sera, Giro Osteria offers food just as beautiful as its beachside location. With exceptional service, savoury foods and authentic vibes, Giro Osteria is a must for Cronulla regulars. Don’t forget the daily dishes at the bottom of the menu or Giro Osteria’s speciality dish pesce acqua pazza, which translates to “snapper in crazy water”!
Location: 3/1 McDonald Street, Cronulla NSW 2230
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