A complete guide to Cairns Restaurants

Al fresco Italian Restaurants

Italian

Italian food is one of the most popular forms of cuisine around the world, and has infiltrated its way into the regular diets of many people in western countries.

An Italian diet contains many grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts and fruit. These are very healthy foods, and it is well known that the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and many types of cancer. However, over consumption of Italian food can add many pounds around the waist so diners need to exercise caution.

Common dishes include:
Pizza - Flat bread topped with a variety of toppings, commonly including tomato sauce, cheese, meats, and vegetables.
Ravioli - stuffed pasta that may be filled with combinations of vegetable, meats, ricotta, fish and chicken.
Tortellini, Fettuccini, Spaghetti, Gnocchi and more

Types of pasta sauce include:
Napolitana, puttanesca, carbonara, lasagne, bolognese and more

Bel Paese

45 Spence Street, Cairns
(07) 4051 6165
http://www.belpaesecairns.com.au

A cute Italian restaurant with a warm friendly atmosphere and genuine, tasty cuisine. The kind of trattoria you'd expect to discover accidently tucked away in a quaint alleyway in Sardinia. Great location for people watching, al fresco dinners and casual romance.

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Bellavista at the Marina

1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns (The Pier)
(07) 4041 3991
email/weare)(bellavistabar.com.au
http://www.bellavistabar.com.au/

Superb location on the marina, ideal for watching the sunset with afternoon beverages. Great range of pizzas with tatsy, innovative choices all cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven. Ideal venue for group celebrations or social dining.

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Bello Caffe

68-70 Grafton St, Cairns
(07) 4031 8842
email/bellocaffe)(hotmail.com

A comfortable low-key cafe in the heart of Cairns CBD with simple, elegant, uncomplicated modern southern Italian cuisine.

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Bellocale

62 Shields St, Cairns (Shop C)
(07) 4051 7777

A new restaurant worth talking about with Italian cuisine even Italians are raving about! Passionately serving local, seasonal produce.

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Il Convivio

58-62 McLeod Street, Cairns
(07) 4051 7477
email/info)(ilconvivio.com.au

A rare food concept in Cairns, Il Convivo combines a well-stocked delicatessen with a restaurant, patisserie and bakery.

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La Fettuccina

41 Shields Street, Cairns
(07) 40315959

A trendy Italian restaurant offering a comprehensive selection of pasta and seafood pasta dishes. Exceptional service and great food make LA Fettuccina a high calibre dining experience.

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La Pizza

93 Esplanade Street, Cairns
(07) 40312646

Walk past La Pizza and the strong pizza aromas will beckon you to dine. Extensive pizza menu and other Italian favourites.

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Nick's Restaurant

An Alpine Chalet Style restaurant, owners Gina & Nick are passionate about service and quality. The main feature of the restaurant is the Yodellers Bar, and it is not rare to find Nick yodelling with patrons and playing his piano accordian.

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Olanos Ristorante e Lounge Bar

On the waterfront at Harbour Lights, 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns
4041 5002
email/dine)(olanos.com.au
http://www.olanos.com.au

Olano's is a beautifully located restaurant and lounge bar overlooking Trinity Wharf. Perfect for large or small groups. The Sicilian head chef provides a fresh, interesting menu with Italian influence.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Peppers Gourmet Pizza

Barang Street, Kuranda
07 40938733

Gorgeous pasta with interesting Chef's Specials every night. Large range of pizzas, with outdoor dining on a huge balcony. Bookings Essential.

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Perrotta's at The Gallery

Cnr Shields & Abbott Sts, Cairns (Cairns Regional Gallery)
(07) 4031 5899

Top spot for casual dining in Cairns with an all-outdoors breezy deck. The food and service has been consistently strong for many years.

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Piccolo Cucina

92a Lake St, Cairns, 4870
(07) 4051 5137
http://www.piccolocucina.com.au

A small, cosy, family-run restaurant located in Cairns city centre, Piccolo Cucina is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Cairns.

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Pinocchio's Pizza

79 The Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 40519029

The enticing aromas from Pinnocchio's Pizza will always make you want to stop and try one! Great views of the esplanade lagoon, and a perfect place on the weekends to just sit and watch the myriad of people walk by.

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Roscoe's Piazza

3B Ernest Street, Innisfail
(07) 4061 6888

Conveniently located on the highway, Roscoe's Piazza is a family Italian restaurant with a range of seafood, pizza, pasta, salads and a-la-carte meals. Well priced Reef & Beef buffets on Fridays, with a seafood buffet on Saturday and Sunday is pizza and pasta, salad and dessert.

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Villa Romana Trattoria

Cnr Esplanade & Aplin Sts, Cairns
(07) 4051 9000

Sensational location with an abundance of alfresco tables, Villa Romana is the celeb spotting restaurant of Cairns, often advertising in magazines with pictures of the latest famous faces in Cairns. Combines traditional and innovative Italian cuisine.

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Vivo Bar & Grill

49 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Australia, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 0944
email/info)(vivo.com.au

This highly acclaimed restaurant just added another award to its long list with the 2008 Restaurant and Catering Award for best Breakfast Restaurant.

Superb service, great quality food and an impressive cocktail and wine list. Enjoy all of this whilst relaxing on the balcony and looking through the palm trees to the beach.

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