Wellington has some of the best Italian restaurants in the country – that’s for sure! From mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas to silky handmade pasta, these culinary gems transport you straight to the rustic trattorias of Italy. Whether you’re craving a classic margherita or a rich and indulgent tiramisu, Wellington’s Italian restaurants are here to satiate any appetite.
Nicolini’s is a super friendly spot, and it’s pretty too! Try the tantalizing tortellini amatriciana for a proper treat – tomato sauce with pork cheek. follow with a delicious tiramisu and you’ll be licking the plate. Probably best not to though because this is a super classy spot.
📍9 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Ombra boasts an extensive menu that will open your eyes after a long day at work. The wood-fired pizzas are everything you expect from comfort food, with their crispy crusts and vibrant, farm-fresh toppings. Obviously, follow with the tiramisu, but the saffron pannacotta with rosemary honey and caramelized seeds is a mouthwatering option for anyone who isn’t into that coffee and cream combo.
📍199 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Fratelli is the perfect place to indulge in some Italian cuisine. Friendly and helpful waiters make the experience even more special. Check out the quid ink spaghetti with exceptional seafood but if you’re tummy’s rumbling then there’s only one thing for it – the fratelli feast. You can enjoy the set menu on Mondays and Tuesdays and it’s perfect for date night.
📍15 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
4. Cin Cin
Cin Cin is definitely a little slice of Italy in Wellington. This place is known for having great service, bringing bread while you wait, and entertaining the kids. The menu is short but delicious and often short menus are a good sign, so this place is definitely one to try.
📍128 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
MariLuca Ristoro is definitely one of Wellington’s best Italian restaurants. The menu is super traditional, featuring starters like bruschetta, mains like linguine al gamberoni and desserts like pannacotta. This is a spot that will have you licking your plate!
📍55 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Pizzeria Napoli is a great place for vegetarians, with plenty of tasty options on the menu. The vegetarian platter includes grilled vegetables, Italian cheeses, fresh bread, and cheese that will leave even the meat eaters craving more. A fan favourite to finish with is the tiramisu – creamy and delicious.
📍1 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Scopa is another lovely spot to check out and it’s also great for vegetarians. There’s even a vegan pizza baked in a woodfired oven so what’s not to like? Those with a sweet tooth will love their hot chocolate, which is super velvety. It’s one of the reasons why patrons return again and again!
📍141 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Mediterranean Foods Trattoria & Deli in Newtown is the perfect spot to not only indulge in Italian cuisine but to pick up ingredients to make your own delicious dishes. Indulge in homemade pasta like the delicious ravioli and silky spaghetti and you’ll be in foodie heaven.
📍42 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Next time your taste buds are yearning for a taste of Italy, look no further than the charming Italian restaurants of Wellington. Their warm hospitality, devotion to quality ingredients, and passion for the art of Italian cooking make these places well worth visiting.