La Dolce Vita: 3 Italian Restaurants to Try

By Jac Taylor

As much a part of Australian food culture as meat pies and pavlova, Italian cuisine holds a very special place in the heart of Parramatta. Fresh seafood, meats and produce are sourced by the best of our eateries to make going Italiano in Parramatta a memorably delicious experience. 

For the family

In Northmead, 10 minutes north of Parramatta’s CBD, you’ll find the unapologetically family-friendly Enzo’s Cucina. One of a small chain of restaurants, Enzo’s includes a dedicated kids’ play area, a television playing family movies and a children’s menu, while also offering special kids’ cooking events so your little one can be knocking up pizza at home in no time. The restaurant might be big but the attitude is all neighbourly: the family's nonna still makes the meatballs, and they are accordingly very popular. Don’t miss the pulled beef pizza and perfectly pillowy gnocchi.  

Shop 1,2-6 Campbell Street, Northmead 2152 | Website

Celebrate Sicilian style

For more than a decade, the foodie centre of Church Street in Parramatta has featured the Sicilian restaurant, a super-eatery that still manages to keep a warm, European ambience thanks to its tiled floors, comfy booths and intricate screens. The food here is full of flavour, from rich slow-roasted ragu on pappardelle pasta ribbons to Morton Bay Bugs, while also offering tasty salads that are delightful enough to have as a main course on their own. 

292 Church Street Parramatta 2150 | Website

Mama and Papas Cucina Italiana

Far from a shrinking violet, the red neon at Mama & Papas Cucina Italiana is brash; the chianti by the glass is at the top of the bar menu, and Mama's Special and Papa's Special shisha flavours to try. However, it’s the sweet treats that really surprise and delight. Don't miss the delicious homemade Italian Knafeh, a rosewater infused Panacotta topped with kataifi sweetened angel hair noodles, crushed pistachio and sugar syrup.

295 Church Street Parramatta 2150 | Website

Main image: Nonna Maria's Place. Image: Carla Dibbs

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