Italian restaurants in Sydney are among the best in the world – a legacy of the decades of migration from Italy to the country – and close to the top of the list comes Casa Ristorante Italiano. They have the location, for one: on The Promenade in Darling Harbour, with al fresco dining right on the water. They back this up with a menu that evokes the best of old Napoli, from pizzas fresh from the wood-fired oven, fresh pasta made in house and a huge range of primi and secondi dishes to enjoy. We recommend beginning with fried arancini, stuffed with pumpkin, peas and smoked mozzarella, followed by a pasta dish – mixed mushroom risotto, for example – and a meat speciality such as the pollo parmigiana or the veal scallopini. Wash it down with something from Casa Ristorante Italiano’s extensive wine list on you’re well on the way to one of the best Italian meals in Sydney; just remember to book your table ahead of time.