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Discover the tastiest Italian food in Newcastle.

If you love Italian food, and you’re craving delicious pasta, pizza, and decadent desserts, rest assured, you'll never have any problems finding an Italian Restaurant in Newcastle! The bigger issue might be deciding just where to eat first. Or tearing yourself away from your favourite restaurant to try something new that's equally delicious. From the stalwarts to the more recent additions, there is an Italian restaurant to suit everyone. 

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Bella Italia

Located on Hunter Street, Bella Italia is a delightful Italian experience, from the exposed brick walls, the scent of freshly baked pizzas to the friendly nature of the staff; you’ll be skipping out saying, Bellissimo! The menu itself is jam-packed with all of your favourite Italian meals. Start with Arancini al ragu (bread crumbed risotto balls, stuffed with ragu Bolognese and fried served with napolitana sauce) and share the Tagliere Italiano (Italian cured meats, cheeses and served with olives and bread). For mains you can choose from over 20 pizza toppings, house-made gnocchi (gnocchi alla boscaiola), or even the tastiest pork belly in Newcastle (Lella Porchetta). You name it, these guys have it on the menu.

Bella Italia has one of the most extensive vegan menus in Newcastle, so tell your vegan friends they won’t be missing out on Italian deliciousness here!

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss Nic’s secret recipe Tiramisu,the Cannoli Siciliani or Chocolate Tart.

Where: 545 Hunter Street, Newcastle

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Una Volta

“Una Volta was inspired by the little family-run trattoria that my husband Nathan and I would visit when we lived and travelled in Italy. Family-run with no printed menu, just a small list of what was cooking that day. The emphasis was always on the customers, enjoying good, fresh, local rustic food and wine.”

Now calling Watt Street home, Una Volta is still boasting their usual Italian foodie goodness, but with an extra offering of cocktails, aperitifs and a forever evolving wine list of Hunter wines as well as some Italian imports. 

The always evolving menu is lovingly sourced with the produce, flavour and quality always kept in mind.

Where: 23 Watt Street, Newcastle

Napoli Centrale

Head to King Street and you’ll find Napoli Centrale Pizza Bar, creating authentic, hand-made Neapolitan pizzas. Peruse the menu for tasty pasta, calzone and gnocchi, and a selection of sweet treats.

The authentic flavours and ingredients are not the only reason to make a visit to Napoli Centrale, there is of course that authentic Neapolitan theatre and entertainment. As Alfonso says, "We're very loud when we cook," adding that, "We like our guests to see what’s going on in the kitchen and see the whole cooking process."

Where: 173 King Street, Newcastle

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Basement on Market Street

With Italian chef, Simona at the helm, she’s pumping out all the best of Italian flavours including her house-made lasagne – perfect for those who can’t be bothered cooking but are still after that ‘home-cooked’ deliciousness.

The HUGE menu caters for all your Italian favourites, from three antipasto boards, all the best Italian entrees; including arancini and bruschetta, nine pasta dishes to pick from as well as nine pizza toppings, paired perfectly with one of their side salads and finished off with the pezzo di resistenza; Nutella pizza!

Where: 2/2 Market Street, Newcastle

Rosina’s

Tucked in next to Restaurant Mason under the Essington Apartments in Newcastle East, Rosina’s can be easily missed if you don't know it's there, but this authentic Italian restaurant has locals coming back time and time again.

Where: 39 Hunter Street Newcastle

Il Volcano

You’ve probably driven past Il Volcano on Hunter Street in Newcastle West thousands of times! Don’t be deterred by its humble appearance, this is some of the best Italian in Newcastle, you will feel like you have just stopped by Nonna's Kitchen. Known for their monster sized schnitzels!

Where: 850 Hunter Street, Newcastle West

Delucas Pizza

Pasta, pizza and scrumptious gnocchi are all on the menu. Sit inside the cosy restaurant or take the alfresco street option, dinner at Delucas on Darby Street is a delightfully relaxed affair.

Where: 159b Darby Street, Cooks Hill

Coal River & Co

The super cosy interior of Coal River & Co extends out onto the street with big old bar bench seats perfect for doing a bit of people watching along the always active Darby St. Fresh house-made pastas with big flavours, try the Rigatoni with blue cheese sauce, caramelized fig, prosciutto and toasted walnuts or the potato gnocchi with cider-braised pork, buttered carrot puree, baby beets, caramelized apple and fried sage. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Where: 120 Darby Street, Cooks Hill

Verde Luna

Just a two minute walk from Beaumont Street, Verde Luna is a family-run trattoria with an extensive selection of traditional dishes. Eat indoors or alfresco, and enjoy all your favourite Italian flavours with a bottle of vino or two.

Where: 115 Tudor Street, Hamilton


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Pino's Restaurant

With an authentic and kitsch vibe filling the small space, Pino's is a unique mix of delicious vegan Italian food and hip-hop music. The menu is always changing, making things fresh and exciting. Choose from four appetisers, two pasta options for mains, and a few desserts, and it is the perfect menu to taste a bit of everything and share with two or three people.

Where: 98 Maitland Road, Islington

Surfhouse Italian

Enjoy world-class views as you experience the relaxed atmosphere and refreshed menu at Surfhouse Italian. Perfect every day of the week for every occasion. Whether it be a quick catch up or long lunch with friends or dinner it's always about sitting back and relaxing while you take in those spectacular ocean views. 

The menu provides an equal offering of shared plates and mains, with everything from Mussel Pots and Hiramasa Kingfish to Roasted Duck and Rib-Eye dishes. If Italian flavours are what you're looking for head straight to the extensive list of pasta and pizza selections and try for yourself the extravagant Wood Fire Pizza Oven which is being fired up 7 days a week. 

Where: 5 Henderson Parade, Merewether

Don Beppino’s Restaurant

While you can eat in and enjoy the amazing decor, this is the kind of place that you can order a lasagne to takeaway, take it home and feel like it has just been whipped up in your kitchen.

Where: 45 Railway Street, Merewether

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