The best Italian restaurants in Bali offer more than just your standard pizzas and pastas. The island’s ever-evolving international dining scene has seen huge growth in recent years, and one particular type of cuisine to emerge as one of Bali’s favourites is Italian. Many Italian and Mediterranean-born chefs ply their trade on the island, serving up authentic flavours from home without a frozen pizza or pre-bought packet of pasta in sight!
Some of our favourite Italian restaurants make their reputations on outstanding wine lists; others go beyond Tuscan or Roman cuisine altogether and acquaint diners with the culinary traditions from Italy’s further flung regions. Experience only the finest spots, with our handpicked selection of Bali’s five best Italian restaurants below.
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As the signature restaurant at one of Jimbaran Bay’s legendary five-star resorts, Bella Cucina serves authentic Italian cuisine courtesy of its amiable chef, Riccardo Ioanna. Its name easily translates to ‘beautiful kitchen’, and since Chef Riccardo took up the reigns, has presented classic Italian recipes all the way from his own hometown of Apulia, known for its sunny Adriatic coastline and seriously good food. Bella Cucina comprises cosy indoor settings as well as outdoor candlelit tables on the fine lawn and under the stars.
Their highly recommended Sunday brunch has a selection of a la carte offerings, whilst they also throw laidback ‘Made in Italy’ trattoria style feasts every Monday. For only IDR 550,000 per person, diners are treated to an array of tasty bites from the antipasti buffet. The buffets have food from every region in Italy, laid out in the restaurant’s centrepiece open kitchen. These include stuffed cannelloni with béchamel sauce from Emilia Romagna, and baked snapper with white wine sauce from the coastal region of Liguria. Prices range between IDR 70,000 – 390,000. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 18:30-22:30
- Location: InterContinental Bali Resort, Jalan Uluwatu no. 45, Jimbaran
- Tel: +62 (0)361 701 888
As one of Seminyak’s longstanding beachfront restaurants, La Lucciola is also a bit of a Seminyak landmark, located snugly between Petitenget temple and The Samaya Seminyak Resort. The restaurant’s menu of Italian cuisine and Mediterranean fusion dishes are served on two levels of this unique thatched-roof tavern, overlooking the rolling surf and the wonderful Seminyak sunsets.
Most diners head upstairs for the view and gentle sea breezes to accompany the restaurant’s selections from an ever changing menu. During the day, must-tries at La Lucciola are its range of fruity granitas for cooling down on their brief escapes from the sun-kissed beach. Bite-size Italian pastries include sweet sfogliatelle with passion fruit crema, or a Verona cream brioche with candied citron and apple, and hearty selections include soft poached eggs with cured salmon, toasted ciabatta bread and dill hollandaise sauce. A la carte items start from IDR 35,000 and a three-course dinner package starts from IDR 450,000. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 09:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak (next to Petitenget Temple)
- Tel: +62 (0)361 730 838
Zibiru is a cosy Italian restaurant tucked away on Jalan Drupadi, one of the quieter side streets off the main Seminyak roads. The establishment was founded in 2012 by Executive Chef Luigi Calcagno who lends his expertise in Italian and French cooking. It showcases the best offerings from the field and market – fresh daily catches, homemade backed breads, and pastas crafted from scratch daily. Organic veggies are harvested from Zibiru’s own environmentally positive farm in the mountains of Bali.
For something simple but flavoursome, there’s the Carpaccio di Piovra, thinly-sliced octopus topped with fennel salad, pineapple, thyme, pine nuts and a lemon emulsion. Or try the selection of homemade Italian cured meats served with salted ricotta cheese in a pot of honey. Soups and greens are all fresh and wholesome, as are the pastas with favourites that include the Caramelle, freshly tasting candy-shaped pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach in a homemade sage butter sauce and topped with parmesan cheese. Price range is IDR 60,000 – 235,000.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 24:00
- Location: Jalan Drupadi 7, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 733 265
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/Kebun.Zibiru.Restaurant.Bali
Uma Cucina is the signature restaurant at Uma by COMO Ubud, an Italian-inspired destination dining and lounge bar that offers a laidback ambience on two levels. The venue is located within walking distance from Ubud’s landmark Neka Museum, and patrons may enter from street side. It is one of the best places to enjoy evening chill-outs in Ubud with its range of signature cocktails, the likes of the ultra refreshing Uma Cucina Negroni, and a host of other great contemporary recipes that mix Italian influences and Balinese flavours.
Rustic Italian cuisine created by Executive Chef Nicolas Lazzaroni includes must-tries of Arancini made of Arborio rice balls, braised beef ragout and tapenade, and a grilled yellow fin tuna served with braised vegetables Sicilian style. The menu includes Italian favourites, from handmade pastas to wood-fired pizzas, and there’s even a wood-roasted suckling pig with fennel confit. Price range is IDR 50,000 – 330,000. You can dine alfresco on the breezy terrace overlooking the gardens and barely onto the street, or opt for the large communal table inside that is great if you’re dining together with company.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-22:30
- Location: Raya Sanggingan, Banjar Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 972 448
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/UmaCucina
Dolce Arancia is located on Ubud’s Jalan Goutama, one of the narrow interconnecting side streets lined with great boutique shopping and small but refined dining spots. With a name meaning ‘sweet orange’ in Italian, this petite restaurant features cosy interiors and intimate tables for two. An open kitchen concept forms part of the experience here, as you witness the action set into pace into preparing each of your orders. The pastas are made fresh, the locally sourced fruit and vegetables are delivered daily to the kitchen, and all the soups, dressings, bread and desserts made on the spot.
The menu is all Italian, no fusion. Recommended are the Gragnano pappardelle with Porcini and Italian sausage in a parmesan crust, and the sliced beef striploin on a bed of arugula, cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan or a satisfying tagliata di manzo sliced beef fillet. Homemade fresh desserts, such as fruit tarts and a delicious chocolate mousse, end your meal perfectly. Menu prices range from IDR 42,000-215,000. The wine list features a wide variety of Italian whites and reds from Brunello di Montalcino to Chianti.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Goutama 17, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 849 355 2
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/dolcearanciaubud