Along with myriad other cultures, thousands of Italians call Fitzroy home. Along with being the first people to bring us olive oil, garlic, and pasta (yes, I’m serious), the Italian restaurants in Fitzroy… it is incredible how many quality restaurants there are packed into one area. Locals voted 16 restaurants near or above 4.5/5 stars, so residents can try a new, authentic Italian restaurant each week! Not only that, but our unique voting system means each one on our list has been verified and voted on by actual Fitzroy/Melbourne locals!
Melbourne’s wider scene of Italian restaurants are here in Melbourne. We will now focus on the collection of incredible Italian restaurants in Northern Fitzroy. Aside from the CBD and Lygon Street, North Fitzroy and Fitzroy have well over a dozen Italian joys we’ll give you a delicious selection below!
Although most of Melbourne’s Italian population can naturally be found in Little Italy, Italian families live all over the region – including in Fitzroy. Woodfired pizzas and rich tomato sauce aromas can be found through Brunswick and Gertrude Streets, with highly rated Italian restaurants and cafes populating the entire Fitzroy locale. While we go into the history of Italian-Australian people here, we thought we take some time in this writing to address an amazing fact: ITALIANS BROUGHT COFFEE TO AUSTRALIA! Every time you pass your favorite local coffee shop, please say thanks to your Italian neighbors. They are responsible for all that frothy, creamy, perfect Italian coffee!
Food critics regularly list Fitzroy/Melbourne’s coffee as among the best in the world! Italian immigrants brought their passion for coffee and nourishing food to us Aussies, with cafes and Italian establishments now lining entire blocks in Fitzroy. In fact, historian Andrew May has remarked that, "The introduction of espresso coffee… is nostalgically remembered by many as a key watershed between a drab past and a cosmopolitan present.” In other words, Italy’s introduction of coffee to the Melbourne and Fitzroy neighborhoods is literally seen as a watershed moment in Australian history. It is that big a deal! If you start your morning with your favorite Italian café in Fitzroy, please remember these contributions as you place the order! It’ll enrich the experience.
When it comes to quality Italian restaurants in Fitzroy, we have 16 options that offer takeout or delivery during COVID 19 lockdowns. Many have turned to food deliveries to fill in meals when they felt unsafe going out to stores. These establishments are known for the entire array of incredible Italian food: woodfired pizza, meatballs, oxtail ragu, chicken carbonara, ricotta gnocchi, and more! Italian bistros have steaks that residents said they “teared up”, it was so good. If you want a list of the best cafes, bistros, and restaurants in Fitzroy, please take a look at the options below!
5. Smith and Daughters
6. Café Umago
7. Shawcross Pizza
8. Queen Margaret Pizzeria
10. Basta Fitzroy
11. Farro Pizzeria
12. Ladro Gertrude
16. 1000 Lire Pizza and Stuzzichini
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