The best Italian restaurants around Perth

Perth's best restaurants, Si Paradiso, Highgate, Mount Lawley
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Primo, pasta, pizza… we can’t get enough of Perth’s best Italian restaurants.

Buon appetito!


Perth’s latest culinary enfant terrible, we can’t get enough of Testun’s irreverent attitude and big flavours. Combining Italian nostalgia with a new-wave Australasian approach, the neighbourhood osteria is quickly making its (neon green) mark. Bold, brash and bloody delicious.

Perth's best Italian restaurants, Testun, Mount Lawley

12/760 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Vin Populi

There are certain openings that fly under the radar, and others that become the talk of not just the Perth Is OK! office, but the whole darn town. From the same team as the also excellent No Mafia (see below!) and Balthazar, Vin Populi has been one of 2023’s early standouts – and the pumping dining room is a testament to the good word travelling like wildfire. Nestled into Freo’s historic West End, pop by for afternoon antipasti, a late night negroni or luscious bowl of pasta.

Vin Populi, Fremantle

11 High Street, Fremantle

La Madonna Nera

Offering a delightfully intimate dining experience, La Madonna Nera is pairing some truly delectable libations with a snack game that’s hard to beat. Nuovo-Italian vibes abound, both on the plate and in the glass – and if you hit them up between 4 and 6pm on Friday and Saturday arvos, and you’ll be able to get your hands on some seriously good bites for their aperitivo hour.

La Madonna Nera Mount Hawthorn Sunday Lunch

 1/155 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn


It would be easy to over-complicate things, but put quite simply: Monsterella gets a lot of things just right. Those bases? Naturally risen for 48 hours, light as air, crispy, chewy, perfetto. That sauce? San Marzano tomatoes, ovviamente. A selection of pasta that will tempt even the most fanatic pizza fiend? Buon appetito!

Where Do Perth Chefs Go To Eat? Monsterella, Wembley

46 Grantham Street, Wembley

Acqua e Sale

With a distinctly Sardinian influence, Acqua e Sale’s menu is both exciting and comforting: the familiar sight of salt and pepper calamari, paired with spicy squid ink aioli. House-made gnocchetti with saffron, sausage, and D.O.P pecorino, or culurgiones stuffed with potato, pecorino and mint… we haven’t even got started with the pizzas, or the desserts, with include traditional seadas – house made Sardinian fried pastry, topped with sheep’s ricotta, orange zest, honey and walnuts. Who needs a trip to Italy when you’ve got Acqua e Sale?

391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth


Now run by the fourth generation of Pizzales, Capri is standing strong against the changing whims of fashions. Harking back to the hustle and bustle of 50s Freo, with an unpretentious, low-key menu, interior and service punctuated by old-school touches like complimentary soup and bread.

21 South Terrace, Fremantle


This list would hardly be complete without at least one wall-to-wall mural, right? Luckily, Ischia’s dining room features its island namesake, complete with azure water and volcanic cliffs. Their menu traverses both land and sea, with plenty of crowd-pleasers: grilled octopus served atop a tomato salad, homemade lasagne with slow-cooked ragu, scaloppine and cotoletta, and of course, wood fired pizzas. A stalwart of the Highgate dining scene for years, it’s been tried, tested and most importantly, beloved by all.

500 Beaufort Street, Highgate

Lulu La Delizia

Simple but luxurious. Comforting but refined. Lulu La Delizia strikes the perfect balance between the high-brow, cheffy approach that sets a restaurant apart, and the comfort factor that keeps everyone coming back. Their restrained, single page menu is accentuated with hard-to-pass up specials that showcase local and seasonal produce.

Lulu La Delizia Subiaco

Forrest Walk, 5/97 Rokeby Road, Subiaco


Inglewood (OK, now technically Bedford) neighbourhood spot Cecchi’s has fast become a favourite amongst locals for their share-friendly Italian plates and charming vibes. While the small plates are worth a trip by themselves, the pasta can sure hold its own – from bucatini with Shark Bay cuttlefish to zaffron paccheri with porcini and duck sausage.

Perth's best Italian restaurants, Cecchi's, Inglewood

1000 Beaufort Street, Bedford

No Mafia

It could be said that No Mafia’s specialty is “Stuff That Goes Really Well With a Glass of Wine”. Which, for the record, is a category we’re well and truly on board for. With its initial, compact location it had all the drop-on-by, buzzy vibes and share plates of a small bar, but the move up the road to larger premises has allowed for an expanded menu that includes house-made pasta. And is more pasta ever a bad thing? We think not.

252 William Street, Northbridge


Nestled in between Leederville and Mount Hawthorn, Pappagallo has become one of our favourite go-tos over the years. Whether its their crispy-based pizzas or luscious pastas, we keep coming back. If you’re feeling extravagant, add on a burrata to your pizza… but whatever you do, leave room for a cannoli.

250 Oxford Street, Leederville


This ritzy Dalkeith eatery has more than a dash of Real Housewives of Amalfi glamour – but once you’ve settled into the luxe fit-out, you’ll find a menu of comforting classics suited to a neighbourhood spot… Albeit a rather well-heeled neighbourhood! Dive into Isoletta’s decadently melty eggplant parm, fiery chilli vongole or a delicate bowl of angel hair pasta with Shark Bay crab – or go all-out on an indulgent grilled seafood platter. Not to mention those pizzas, emerging with aplomb from the turquoise wood-fired oven and topped with Sardinian salame, fior di latte and macadamia or ricotta and preserved lemon with prickly ash, pinenuts and watercress.

Perth's best Italian restaurants, Isoletta, Dalkeith

99 Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith


With a flair for showing off WA’s best produce, Post’s menu delicately balances between Old-World-Italian and Perth-right-now – while reflecting the restrained refinement of the State Buildings, of course. Stop by for mouth-watering after-work antipasti (buffalo mozzarella with grilled figs, or a rosy plate of beef carpaccio?), or delve into their pasta offerings – think rigatoni with guanciale, chilli and tomato, or casarecce with zucchini, lemon and basil.

Perth's best Italian restaurants, Post, State Buildings

State Builings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Posto Matto

Posto Matto may not be reinventing the wheel, but they sure make their wheel look tasty. Classic pasta (and pizza!) with a twist is their MO, so you can look forward to dishes like garganelli with octopus sugo, or maltagliati with confit duck, mushroom, kale and duck egg. Hopefully you’ve left enough room after the stuzzichini of lamb ribs, mussels and prosciutto, though…

211 Main Street, Osborne Park


All hotel dining is not created equal, and the proof is in the proverbial pudding when it comes to Santini. The menu manages to balance its accessibility with a focus and attention to detail that ensures any less-favourable hotel dining cliches are satisfyingly avoided, while its stylish fit-out transitions effortlessly from business-friendly long lunch to dimly-lit dinner service.

QT, 133 Murray Street, Perth

Shadow Wine Bar

As seductive and intriguing as an Italian film star, Shadow Wine Bar’s dimly-lit dining room is the perfect setting for your next date night. Share a plate of veal carpaccio, oysters with lemon myrtle or arancini with smoked leek aioli before diving into a plate of veal cotoletta with cabbage, leek and brown butter, or resisting the urge to Lady and the Tramp a bowl of prawn spaghettini. Is it us, or is it getting a bit warm in here?!

214 William Street, Northbridge

Si Paradiso

Highgate’s party paradise has well and truly matured into one of Perth’s must-visit destinations – and its menu manages to put up some pretty stiff competition with the pumping dance floor. Don’t worry, you can still get your mitts on those Neapolitan-style pizzas, but you’ll also find it hard to resist the next-level share plates. Showing more than a nod to our enviable coast, you can expect to find plenty of seafood, alongside an enticing dash of Asian and Middle Eastern influence – with dishes like charcoal lamb skewers with chermoula, toum and lemon, charcoal fish skewers with aqua pazza, cherry tomato and olives, crespelle topped with blue swimmer crab, brown butter and horseradish cream or scallop crudo with chilli and kumquat.

Perth's best Italian restaurants, Si Paradiso, Highgate, Mount Lawley

446 Beaufort Street, Highgate

Spritz Spizzicheria

Is there any greater shrine to Perth’s favourite cocktail than the glowing, orange monument that is Spritz Spizzicheria? Their menu takes you from a long afternoon of cocktails and nibbles to more substantial pasta, pizza and mains – or take advantage of their aperativo time: two hours of drinking and snacking specials (Italy’s best recent export?). We’re starting to think Mount Hawthorn is punching above its weight in culinary options.

148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

Lalla Rookh

An impressive blend of Italian dining infused with the spirit of fresh WA produce, Lalla Rookh‘s menu is a lesson in relaxed decadence. And when it comes to wines, Sommelier Jeremy Prus stocks an award-winning offering of only the finest Italian and Australian offerings.

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth

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Cover image: Si Paradiso

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