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Like Lupino? Want some more in your face? Check out Time Out's top five Italian restaurants

Bar Idda

Forget every red sauce joint on Lygon Street - this tiny Sicilian corner side restaurant on the old Rumi site is pumping out gutsy share plates with friendly service and a beer list filled with Italian favourites. Brunswick East.

Da Noi

Melbourne's only Sardinian restaurant is fiercely difiicult to get into, features a set menu of Sardinian classics and has one of the most perilous staircases in the land. Don't leave without the suckling pig, if it's on. South Yarra.

Café Di Stasio

You might go for lunch but chances are if you've the money and the time, you'll also end up staying for dinner. It's all about the scene at this Melbourne stalwart. And the frozen Avernas they immediately hand out if you look hungover. St Kilda.

Osteria La Passione

Chef/owner Carmine Constantini is from Emilia Romagna. That means crazy wines, hard cheeses and prosciutto as far as the eye can see. It's a set menu, so prepare to be unprepared. Richmond.

D.O.C Carlton

If there's one thing (among the many things) Melbourne kicks Sydney's arse at, it's Italian food. Forget Ladro, forget Mr Wolf. DOC boasts some of the finest pizze in the land. Carlton South.

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