Savour authentic Italian cuisine at Carlton restaurants in Melbourne. Between the 1940s and 1960s large numbers of Italian migrants arriving in Melbourne settled in the suburb of Carlton, north of the city centre. These days Carlton remains the hub of the city's Italian-Australian community. Many of Melbourne's Italian restaurants are in Carlton, most of them along Lygon Street, known as the city's Little Italy. Second and third generation Italian families pride themselves on replicating the authentic cuisine of their homeland. If you are looking for Italian cuisine in Melbourne, Carlton is the right place.