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Restaurant Santino is tucked away in the corner of a lively laneway in central Wollongong. Our Italian style bistro has a wonderfully classic feel, creating an ambiance fit for a dirty martini and a number from Nina Simone. Walls are adorned with art deco prints which set off this incredibly designed, chic space. 

Our team of talented chefs takes pride in using only the freshest ingredients and creating dishes that are both traditional and contemporary. We make our fresh pasta daily, on a rotating menu so you can always expect something new and exciting.

At Restaurant Santino, we understand that a great meal deserves an equally great wine pairing. That’s why we have a cellar stocked with an impressive selection of wines from around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just discovering the joys of wine, our team is here to help you find the perfect bottle to complement your meal.

In the heart of its Australian heritage, Restaurant Santino fulfills an Italian dream, weaving an intimate haven that welcomes the spirits of Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill, harmonizing disco and groove, while toasting with the very best Amaro’s


Pane paradiso sourdough ⋅ roast garlic butter
$8 (gfo)

Marinated olives (gf, vgn)

Baccalà mantecato · pasta fritta · lemon · parsley

Sydney rock oysters ⋅  ponzu · finger lime · seaweed  (gf)

Almond ricotta ⋅ persimmon · pepitas · mizuna (gf, vgn)

Heirloom tomato ⋅ tonnato ⋅ cornichon ⋅ basil (gf)

Crudo ⋅ pink grapefruit · burnt orange · sunflower seeds · chives (gf, df)

Pickled mussels · white taramasalata · celery · fennel · parsley · tarragon (gf)

Terrine · duck · chicken · pistachio · fig · truffle oil 

Beef carpaccio ⋅ mustard ⋅ confit egg yolk ⋅ ricotta salata (gf)

Conchiglie ⋅ pistachio pesto · pickled squash · parsley oil ⋅ (v, vgo)

Chitarra ⋅ squid ⋅ bottarga ⋅ black garlic ⋅ pangrattato (gfo)

Penne Amatriciana ⋅ nduja ⋅  pecorino foam ⋅ aleppo pepper

Market fish ⋅ cloudy bay clams ⋅ beurre blanc ⋅ watercress  (gf)

Breakout River pork cutlet ⋅ apricot ⋅ almond ⋅ sage (gf, df)

Foxground black angus bistecca ⋅ salsa verde (gf, df)

Seasonal sorbet (gf, vgn)

Chocolate truffle ⋅ chantilly cream ⋅ orange ⋅ honeycomb

Vanilla panna cotta ⋅ rhubarb olive oil

Affogato ⋅ biscotti (gfo)

Penne alfredo ⋅ butter ⋅ parmesan

Conchiglie napolitana ⋅ tomato ⋅ parmesan