10 Best Italian Restaurants In George Town, Malaysia

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As the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia, George Town is the country’s largest city—with a population of about 2.5 million. The vibrant town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history, ancient heritage, and colonial architecture that will dazzle you. It will reward you with experiences of a lifetime—from being awed by street arts while riding a multicoloured rickshaw to sampling top-notch Italian cuisine. Whether you are looking to try appetizing sourdough pizzas or treat yourself to mouthwatering slices of parmesan cheese, the below list of the best Italian restaurants in George Town, Malaysia, has got you covered.

1. Via Pre Italian Restaurant

Posted by Via Pre Penang on Thursday, 21 November 2019

This pizza restaurant offers a diverse selection of wines and a range of tasty, crispy pizzas. With excellent service, pleasant ambience, and reasonable prices, Via Pre Italian Restaurant is a must-visit if you are looking for authentic pizzas. The restaurant features a menu that offers lunch specials and specialty combos on all weekdays between 12 and 3 pm. So round up your crew or fly solo to sample the delectable food at this place.

Via Pre Italian Restaurant

Address: 20E, Lebuh Penang, George Town 10300

Website: Via Pre Italian Restaurant

Opening hours: 11:30am - 11pm (daily)

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2. Viva La Pasta

PIZZA VIVA - Special marinated chicken chunks, onions, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Posted by Viva la Pasta on Sunday, 8 October 2017

This vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Jalan Rangoon offers excellent food with friendly staff and excellent service. The restaurant is located in the heart of George Town and is well worth a visit for its crusty pizzas and salty spaghettis. The establishment offers generous portions of food at reasonable prices and is one of the best places to sample Italian cuisine in Penang.

Viva La Pasta

Address: 96, Jalan Rangoon, George Town 10400

Website: Viva La Pasta

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 7:30am - 10pm

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3. Il Bacaro

Il Bacaro SeaFood Platter

Posted by Il Bacaro on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

This Italian restaurant at Campbell House offers soft-crust pizzas, a variety of steaks, delectable desserts, and a fine selection of wines. The restaurant features authentic food options at reasonable prices in a cosy atmosphere. Named after a typical tavern in Venice, Il Bacaro is ideal for those looking for a meal among a great menu of choices, in a comfortable atmosphere that will make diners feel right at home.

Il Bacaro

Address: Campbell House, 106, Lebuh Campbell, George Town 10200

Website: Il Bacaro

Opening hours: 8am - 11pm (daily)

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4. The Loft - Love Lane

Posted by The Loft - Love Lane on Friday, 22 November 2019

Located on Love Lane, The Loft offers excellent Mediterranean pasta and appetizing wood-fired pizzas. The vegan-friendly restaurant boasts a cosy atmosphere with great pizzas and beers and is perfect for a relaxing evening just off one of George Town’s most happening streets. This modern establishment with its laidback ambience is ideal for those looking to enjoy a meal in a calm, uncrowded setting with no hurries.

The Loft - Love Lane

Address: 57 Love Lane, George Town 10200

Website: The Loft - Love Lane

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2am; Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 12am

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Ang Chin Boon

Ang Chin Boon

Hello...I am ANG. Licenced Tourist Guide by Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. I was born and raised in George Town, Penang. I just love Guiding !I have been actively doing guiding all these years. Drive my guests to interesting places in Penang Island, Sharing my knowledges & experiences of George Town. I wish their trip becomes story worth sharing.Will you be one of my esteemed guests ?

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Reka Luxshmi

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Hello! I'm Reka. I love travelling and eating local food. I am a HR professional with a master's qualification in Business administration. My passion for travelling has led me to pursue my licence in tour guiding in Malaysia. Malaysia is a beautiful country with colourful & warm people and lots of local cuisines. While I still am attached to the corporate world, tour guiding usually takes the stress away. I will be happy to share some of our culture and food with you. I am available for KL city tours, food tours, day trip to Melaka and also not forgetting tours in the Pearl of the Orient, Penang.

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5. Markus Restaurant

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Posted by Markus Restaurant on Monday, 16 September 2019

This modest neighbourhood restaurant serves an expansive selection of wines and Italian food made from the freshest of ingredients sourced in the region. It features a menu that changes seasonally and is a hit among local wine enthusiasts. With top-notch service and modern cuisine, Markus Restaurant offers some of the best parmesan cheese dishes and homemade bread in George Town.

Markus Restaurant

Address: 37F, Jalan Cantonment, Pulau Tikus, George Town 10250

Website: Markus Restaurant

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 12pm - 10pm (closed on Tue)

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6. Jaloux Penang

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Posted by Jaloux on Friday, 6 September 2019

If you are looking for the best al dente pasta in Penang, look no further than this hidden gem in George Town. With a cosy ambience, quick and attentive service, and an unassuming menu, Jaloux Penang serves authentic, handmade pasta in the heart of the town. The restaurant offers a limited seating capacity, and it is recommended that you reserve tables before you visit this quaint little joint away from the hustle and bustle of George Town’s busy streets.

Jaloux Penang

Address: 24, Lebuh King, George Town 10300

Website: Jaloux Penang

Opening hours: Thu - Mon: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Tue - Wed)

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7. Lunarich Malaysia Pizza & Pasta

Margherita Pizza

Posted by on Tuesday, 17 September 2019

This Italian eatery in Paragon Gurney offers consistently good, unique pizzas, pasta, and other Italian dishes that are made of only natural ingredients and no preservatives. The pizza menu includes fire-pot pizzas, low-fat pizzas, and pizzas made from handmade dough with no additives. The restaurant features an outdoor setting that provides the perfect ambience for couples and is also ideal for spending quality time with your family over authentic Italian cuisine and a diverse selection of wines. The vegetarian-friendly eatery boasts a wide range of risottos, salads, coffees, steaks, and set lunches as well.

Lunarich Malaysia Pizza & Pasta

Address: Gurney Paragon, Pesiaran Gurney, George Town 10250

Website: Lunarich Malaysia Pizza & Pasta

Opening hours:11am - 10pm (daily)

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8. Pizzaiola

A bad day with Salmon Pizza is better than a good day without it. Simply delicious. Get yours now at Pizzaiola Prangin...

Posted by Pizzaiola on Thursday, 10 October 2019

This Italian restaurant located in Prangin Mall in George Town offers fresh gourmet pizzas in a nice and cosy ambience. The extensive menu features a range of vegetarian-friendly, vegan, and meat-based pizzas at reasonable prices. You can choose to customize your own pizzas here by choosing your preferred crust style, size, sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Also on offer are Cesar, Greco, and garden salads that are made with the freshest of ingredients and topped with balsamic sauces—perfect for brunches.


Address: 33-SB-01 Prangin Mall, Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong Lot 33, George Town 10100

Website: Pizzaiola

Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 11am - 9pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 10pm

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9. Bella Italia

Posted by Jillian Chan on Friday, 22 November 2019

Located in the northwestern part of George Town, this charming little eatery with authentic Italian cuisine and lovely decor is well worth a visit. It offers set lunches and Italian dishes like pizzas and pasta in a cosy ambience. With generous portions at reasonable prices, the restaurant is a firm favourite among the locals looking for a delightful Italian meal in Pulau Tikus. Do yourself a favour and order their signature tiramisu cake the next time you are here.

Bella Italia

Address: 368-1-7, Jalan Burma, George Town 10350

Website: Bella Italia

Opening hours: 11:30am - 10:30pm (daily)

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10. Syed’s Street Pizza

PIZZA IS LIKE THE ENTIRE FOOD PYRAMID . #cubopark #penang #pizza

Posted by Syed's Street Pizza on Wednesday, 13 November 2019

This Italian eatery specializes in crispy, tasty pizzas in the region of Tanjung Tokong. The restaurant prides itself on its homemade dishes that include pizzas, pasta, and wraps. It is one of the best places in the neighbourhood to try Italian cuisine, in part because of the attentive and friendly service. The extensive pizza menu features appetizing salmon pizzas, barbecue chicken pizzas, Nutella pizzas, vegetarian pizzas, and Napolitano pizzas that will make you keep coming back for more.

Syed’s Street Pizza

Address: Mukim Tanjung Tokong, Cubopark, Kampung Raya Baharu, George Town 10470

Website: Syed’s Street Pizza

Opening hours: 4pm - 12am (daily)

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George Town, Penang
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From roaming around the bustling streets on street-art tours with locals to getting awed by the world’s third-longest Buddhist statue, you can be sure that a trip to George Town will let you appreciate the historic architecture, heritage, food, and culture of the region at your own pace. Whether you are looking to try out the famous Ipoh white coffee, sample local street food on Chulia Street, or taste lip-smacking international cuisine, the eateries and restaurants sprinkled all over the city will get you your fix. Take your pick from the above list of the best Italian restaurants in George Town, Malaysia, to get a slice of Italy in this gritty, vibrant Southeast Asian town.

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