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Paws and Pasta: Dog-friendly Italian Dining in Melbourne

Paws and Pasta: Dog-friendly Italian Dining in Melbourne

Can't make it to European summer? Don't worry, we've got something (almost) just as good! Thanks to Melbourne's thriving food culture, there's a clutch of Italian dining spots delivering on authentic flavours right here. And what better way to enjoy a meal than with your furry friend by your side.

We've rounded up the best Melbourne dog-friendly Italian dining spots so that you can share the joy with your four-legged companion. Tuck into pizzas, sip on Aperols and get a taste of Italy in Melbourne this winter. 


162 Greville Street, Prahran

A new establishment on the block, Rossi's charming and vibrant outdoor courtyard embraces dog-friendly dining. It's the perfect relaxed spot to satisfy your Italian food cravings. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, pasta arancini, burrata and tiramisu served tableside all while your pooch cosies up next to you.

Dog Friendly Dining

Image credit: @rossibar



4/3 Murphy Street, South Yarra

An intimate diner in South Yarra, Cuinetta does authentic Italian right. There are just four entree and four main course options and they change every week. The best part? Its outdoor seating area is dog-friendly so your furry friend can relax while you indulge handmade pastas and a glass of Italian wine.  

South Yarra Cuinetta

Image credit: @cucinettamelb2013



1 York Street, Fitzroy North

Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Fitzroy North, this dog themed eatery is inspired by the Lagotto Romagnolo breed of dog. It's a small gem loved by locals and their furry friends, serving up food that truly captures the essence of Italian cuisine. Dogs are welcome, if not encouraged, in its pet-friendly outdoor seating. And if the food isn't enough to transport you to Italy, its chic European design sure will. 

Dog Leads Melbourne

Image credit: @lagotto.fitzroynorth



171 Domain Road, South Yarra

Gilson is a long-time favourite at Bourke St. The dog-friendly Italian dining spot offers a beautiful, spacious outdoor area for you to enjoy a meal with your pup. Offering a selection of seasonal dishes and classics alongside an extensive wine menu, its wood-fired pizzas, creamy pastas and iconic flatbread are must-eats. 

Dog Leads Melbourne

Image credit: @gilson_southyarra 


78 Chapel Street, Windsor

Located along the bustling hub of Chapel Street, Freddy's is great for a delicious meal with your four-legged friend. Pizza is of course the star in this diner, made in its roaring wood-fire oven. The decor gives off the feeling of traditional Italian trattoria. Whether you're stopping by for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, it's sure to impress. 

FREDDY'S PIZZAImage credit: @_freddys



268 Park Street, South Melbourne

If you're a pasta lover, this one is not to miss and tts charming outdoor area is welcomes pooches, of course. Enjoy fresh extruded pasta and other classics paired with a glass of wine and let the flavours whisk you away to Italy. 

Park Street Pasta & WineImage credit: @parkstreetpastaandwine



Carlton, Southbank and Morrnington

With locations across Melbourne, DOC is a well-established name in the city's Italian dining scene. The outdoor areas in each of its establishments are dog-friendly and create an inviting atmosphere for you and your furry friend to enjoy a meal. Known for its artisanal pizzas and mozzarella bar, you'll leave wanting more. 

Pizzas and Mozzarella barImage credit: @doc_gastronomia


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