The Best Italian Restaurants in Adelaide for Pizza, Pasta & Good Times
These are the best Italian restaurants in Adelaide to have you feeling like you're eating an authentic feast in the heart of Italy.
When it comes to an Italian feast, nothing but the finest authentic meals in Adelaide will do. From the fine dining of Italian inspired piazzas to hearty restaurants rich in tradition and flavour, there is plenty to see, taste and experience. Whilst the venues may be very different, one thing they all have in common is a traditional flare in the kitchen, so there's not a single meal you won't love. Whether you are after a hearty serving of pasta, a light and fluffy pizza or the best aperitif to accompany your meal, there is an eatery to suit every mood.
Before you book your next dinner date, take a look through our line up and say buon appetito to some of the best Italian restaurants in Adelaide.
This sophisticated and upscale venue has been a fan favourite for many years. Their menu changes with the season and uses some of the finest local produce to maximise flavour and finesse. An all-round favourite dish is the Coniglio al Forno, slow-cooked rabbit with pancetta, port and sage and is one of the reasons local Adelaideans keep coming back time and time again. Their wine list is possibly more impressive than their menu, featuring a reserve list that hosts some of the finest wines in the world. This has certainly won us over.
160 Hutt Street, Adelaide
The brainchild of Masterchef All Stars runner up Laura Sharrad, Nido delivers a contemporary Italian experience dishing up nothing but the finest Italian in Adelaide. Drawing on the different seasons for their menu inspiration, it is unlikely you will visit and have the same meal twice. Fresh pasta whipped up daily, topped with juicy toppings and ingredients that are sourced locally and a wine list as good as their menu. Their carefully curated selection pays homage to Italian wine regions, as well as popular South Australian wines.
160 King William Road, Hyde Park
Possibly one of the most stylish Italian piazzas going around, this venue is dripping in style and finesse and everything they do is top-notch, right down to the finest details. A cobblestoned floor paired with arches, arbours and moody lighting make up this sleek venue and intimate booths contribute to the chic atmosphere. As 'Oggi' means 'today' in Italian, the whimsical crew behind this restaurant aim to create sophisticated Italian food inspired by tradition, but with today's tastes and touches. If you're feeling a little fancier, book out their private cellar and be wined and dined the proper traditional Italian way.
76 Pirie Street, Adelaide
This moody, concrete and terrazzo restaurant is as sophisticated as it is laid-back. Starting in Melbourne by aspiring chef and now successful restaurant owner Johnny Di Francesco, Adelaide is the sixth addition to this Italian success story. Featuring two wood-fired ovens that burn away most of the day, the ever-changing menu mixes seasonal produce authentically pouring flavour and zest into everything that is plated up. Plating up dishes like pappardelle ai funghi with truffle cream and truffle pecorino, it is evident why this bonafide Italian piazza is popular among locals.
121 The Parade, Norwood
This retro piazza gives off a very different vibe to most other authentic restaurants. With deep blues and pastel pink hues scattered throughout, the Napoletana gurus pride themselves in serving up the finest in town. A long passed down traditional seawater and sourdough pizza base recipe is the secret to their mouth-watering pizzas. Their concise pizza menu and ever-changing daily pastas keep their loyal customers coming back time and time again. We imagine if there was a heaven made up of only Neapolitan pasta and pizza, we are pretty sure Madre Lievito would be at the gates.
57 Gilbert Street, Adelaide
Inspired by the many eateries that line the iconic streets of Italy crossed with an American diner, Aces is both intimate and charming. This all-day diner and bar boasts a 1950's feel with their old school booth seating, glossy bar stools and a touch of neon. Their American-Italian inspired menu hosts classic dishes like rockmelon and prosciutto salumi, broccoli pesto tagliatelle and a pork and veal ragu bolognese.
62 Gouger Street, Adelaide
It would be obscene to mention the best Italian restaurants in Adelaide and not mention Lucia's. This small restaurant in the heart of the central markets exudes tradition that dates back to 1957. Don't let the size fool you! This restaurant boasts charm and personality and will have you feeling like you are dining in Italy. If you're not in the mood for a meal, pop next door to their adjoining fine foodery that specialises in charcuterie and is home to their famous paninis. There are often lines so be prepared to wait, but we guarantee it's worth it!
Shop 3, Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaide
Located in the heart of Hutt Street, Prezzo serves as a nice little reminder that indulging in spaghetti and pizza is good for the soul. Priding themselves on their wood-fired oven creating smokey goodness day in and day out, their authentic classics like antipasto, carpaccio and burrata will get your meal running. This venue takes a simple approach to dishing up Italian goodness with their clean and simple elements. Be sure to try one of the restaurants classic dishes like their cheesy Paccheri pasta, or choose from their extensive wood-fired selections.
173 Hutt Street, Adelaide
This little piece of Italy in the heart of Rundle Street adds to the already thriving food culture in the East End. Italy is slowly introducing the East End to the beloved flavours and traditions of the authentic Italian cuisine. A venue with a big heart, and hearty meals to follow, their mostly a la carte style menu is host to dishes that will have you dreaming of visiting the traditional eateries tucked away in Italian cobblestone alleys. Their menu includes piatti di nino (Italian cured meats plates), prosciutto wood-fired pizza and even Mamma's lasagne so you will literally feel as though you are eating in Nonna's dining room.
272 Rundle Street, Adelaide
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