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Italian Restaurants in Carlton

Of all its multicultural delights, perhaps no cuisine has resonated with us Aussies as much as Italian. For generations, Italian restaurants in Carlton have introduced locals to the wonders of pasta carbonara, homemade woodfired pizza, and yes, even oil. That’s right. No Italians? No olive oil. Want to go a step further? No Italians? No coffee! That is the profound level of impact Italian cuisine and culture have had on Melbourne as a whole, permeating all the way to neighborhoods like Carlton.




Italian, Modern Australian,

318 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Copperwood Phone number03 9347 1799
  • Copperwood Email



297 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Agostino Phone number03 9347 1619
  • Agostino Email
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Aperitivo Bar Ristorante

Italian, Bar Food,

275 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Aperitivo Bar Ristorante Phone number03 9347 1382
  • Aperitivo Bar Ristorante Email
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Cafe Cavallino

Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza,

181 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Cafe Cavallino Phone number03 9347 5520
  • Cafe Cavallino Email
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Caf� Notturno

Italian, Cafe Food,

179 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Caf� Notturno Phone number03 9347 8286

Roots from the Olive Tree: Origins of Italian Restaurants in Carlton

With some of the original Aussie settlers hailing from Italian descent, Aussies have had a little Oregano spicing to us all along. For numerous immigrant groups, the 1850s Gold Rush, post-WWII migration boom, and 1970s relaxation of harsh immigration laws all served as “inflection points” for Italian immigrants. At each point, Italian culture’s influence on Aussie cuisine became more gracefully pronounced until we all considered pasta and pizza universally delicious. Today, many Aussie palates are more likely influenced by Italian tastes more than anything else.




Italian, Pizza,

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

  • Capitano Phone number03 9134 8555
  • Capitano Email
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Carlton Pizzeria Bar and Restaurant

Italian, Pizza,

160 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

  • Carlton Pizzeria Bar and Restaurant Phone number03 9349 1429
  • Carlton Pizzeria Bar and Restaurant Email



198-204 Faraday Street, Carlton

  • Criniti's Phone number1300 274 648
  • Criniti's Email
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DOC Espresso

Coffee and Tea, Cafe Food, Italian,

326 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • DOC Espresso Phone number03 9347 8482
  • DOC Espresso Email
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DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar - Carlton

Italian, Pizza,

295 Drummond Street, Carlton

  • DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar - Carlton Phone number03 9347 2998
  • DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar - Carlton Email

Try the Gnocchi: A QIKI Primer on Popular Italian Dishes in Carlton

With Little Italy only blocks away on Lygon St, Italian restaurants in Carlton pack some of the most authentic-tasting Mediterranean food in the country. Check out a list of some local Italian specialties served below:

Eggplant Parmigiana

A dish made from filing deep-fried eggplant with layers of cheese and tomato sauce… which is then baked to perfection. Served with dry olives, this dish provides a delicious blend of flavors, combining olive-oil flavored eggplant with classic Italian cheese and tomato sauces. Layers of enjoyment in this dish.

Octopus Carpaccio

Carpaccio is a specially thin-sliced popularized in Venice during the 1950s! Served raw, octopus carpaccio is the perfect appetizer for your meal; it will immediately take your palate and senses to another level.

Margherita Pizza

An old classic, truly authentic margherita pizza is a masterpiece of Italian cuisine. Made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, oregano, and olive oil, this pizza is a foundational part of the Italian diet. Throw on any toppings you like (e.g. – roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, sausage), but you can never lose going with a Margherita pizza.


With Italian restaurants in Carlton so close to the water, look out for delicious linguine and scallops or mussels. Linguine are “flatter” in design and go perfectly with pesto sauce or a creamy base. QIKI personal favorite? Seafood linguine with seared scallops in a heavy cream sauce…. Have your taste buds going woooow!


With pasta made as delicate as possible, raviolis are like Italian-style pot stickers. Filled usually with cheese (e.g. cottage, ricotta) and meat and whatever else Melbourne’s finest can think up, Italian restaurants in Carlton serve some of the best ravioli in the city. If you are a fan of pasta literally bursting with cheese, meat, and veggies, then boiled ravioli is the dish for you.


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Da Guido La Pasta


128-130 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Da Guido La Pasta Phone number03 8528 4547
  • Da Guido La Pasta Email


Italian, Pizza,

320 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Donnini's Phone number03 9347 3128
  • Donnini's Email
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Gemma Simply Italian

Italian, Pizza,

183 Elgin Street, Carlton

  • Gemma Simply Italian Phone number03 9349 2835
  • Gemma Simply Italian Email
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Il Gambero

Italian, Pizza, Seafood,

166 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Il Gambero Phone number03 9663 2246
  • Il Gambero Email
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Il Gusto


256 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Il Gusto Phone number03 9663 2792

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