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Best Italian in Newcastle
There really is nothing better than the irresistible smell of garlic wafting from the kitchen. Never fear, Novocastrians —for those times when the thought of a crunchy slice of garlic bread has you drooling, or when fresh creamy pasta is on the mind, let us be your best-Italian tour guides.
UNA VOLTA (Newcastle)
This romantic little eatery promises Italian food made with love and doesn’t disappoint. From the candlelit romantic atmosphere, to the live music pleasantly accompanying your meal, Una Volta delivers an intimate eating experience you won’t forget — and we haven’t even mentioned the food yet. Sisters, Nikki and Alicia Jayne Bonditi are whipping up an array of refined Italian delicacies inspired by the mother country, bound to delight your palate from the very first bite.
Location: 110 King Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Looking for a place where you order your pizza by the metre? This popular Italian restaurant brand is bringing its deliciously refined cuisine to Newcastle, and we couldn’t be more excited! Wash those metres of pizza down with a tower beer keg (3 or 5 Litres), or one of Criniti’s delicious signature cocktails. From arancini balls to massive pasta dishes, seafood platters and everything in between, Criniti’s is serving up five-star food and a dining experience like no other.
Location: Westfield Kotara, 3/75-89 Park Avenue, Kotara NSW 2289
BRONX PIZZA (Cooks Hill)
It’s hard to go past pizza when looking for that Italian fix, and for everybody’s favourite, there’s no cooler place than Bronx Pizza. Bringing the after-hours taste of NYC to our coastal town, this joint is pumping out a delightful variety of mouth-watering pizzas until late, and attracting a vibrant crowd into its halls. This place is almost as popular for drinks as it is for a feed, and the vibes are so easy-going that you will feel comfortable rocking up here in your track pants. Perfect for any social gathering, topped with unparalleled food and “dranks”.
Location: 5/107 Darby Street, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
EL NONNO (Hamilton)
This little restaurant, tucked into the café precinct of Hamilton, emits waves of homeliness. Everything from the framed pictures of kid’s drawings and our beautiful Newcastle, to the always-friendly staff, welcomes you in with open arms. The menu covers all your traditional favourites cooked to perfection, and invites you to get a little creative when deciding on your pasta dishes. The food will have you coming back time and time again, and the prices are almost as appealing as the cuisine itself.
Location: Shop 8, 79 Beaumont Street, Hamilton NSW 2303
DON BEPPINOS (Merewether)
Stepping into this warm little slice of Italy is like stepping into your mother’s arms after a long, hard day. After decades of satisfying local’s appetites, it’s safe to say this favourite is embedded into the foundations of our seaside town. The bustling kitchen, filled with Italian cooking recipes passed through generations, produces warm, comforting food made with love. For all your traditional favourites and generous portion sizes, look no further than this local pick.
Location: 45 Railway Street, Merewether NSW 2291
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