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Giovanni’s philosophy lies at the heart of the restaurant; “Food, and the hospitality associated with sharing it, is integral to the Sardinian way of Life.” It has also become integral to the way of life of the many Sydneysiders who visit Pilu at Freshwater, keen to enjoy Giovanni’s Sardinian, and regional Italian cooking.

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“A warm welcome followed by deliciousness!”

– Marianna, Northern Beaches Council

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Pilu at Freshwater hosts an array of events throughout the year and aims to highlight outstanding local authors, artists, wineries and more.  Stay up to date with our events here.

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4 July 2024

Truffle Dinner 2024

Truffle Dinner July 18th - 6:30pm - Festa del Tartufo The season of the truffle returns in 2024. Join us to explore the depths of flavour this ingredient has. We…
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30 May 2024

Pasta Demonstration and Dinner Evening – 12th July

Pasta Demonstration Sardinian Culurgiones Demonstration & Dinner Evening - 12th July We are excited to continue our winter pasta experiences! On July 12th at 6pm join our Senior chefs to…
Wedding venue at Pilu At FreshwaterWhat's New
19 March 2024

15% off events from April to September

Book your event or wedding in one of our private dining rooms from 1st April to 30th September 2024 and receive up to 15%* off our Group menus (food only)…
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From the moment you set foot inside Pilu at Freshwater, Giovanni, Marilyn and their team ensure that your experience at Pilu is a memorable one. Each guest is welcomed like a returning friend. Giovanni’s passion for Sardinian, and regional Italian food, and his acclaimed cooking; is matched by the award-winning service delivered by Pilu’s longstanding front of house, sommeliers and wait staff, renowned across the industry for their warmth, knowledge and experience.



At Pilu at Freshwater we cater not only for weddings, but for birthdays, christenings, client dinners, corporate presentations, book and product launches, indeed any festivity that requires great food and wine, and a special location. Our Events Specialists will work with you to create a function that is tailored to your exact requirements.

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“All our guests commented that the food was amazing, the best they have had at a wedding!”

– Bride

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2005 – 2024 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
– Awarded Two Chef’s Hats

2023 Restaurant & Catering Awards
– NSW Best Formal Italian Restaurant

2012 -2023 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
– Hall of Fame, National Winner

2022 – Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
-Best Food and Wine Matching

2022 Restaurant & Catering Awards
– Best Restauranteurs

2022 Delicious 100
-100 Most Delicious Restaurants in NSW

2009 – 2022 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
– Two Stars

2015 The Weekend Australian Magazine
– HOT 50 – HOT Classic

2011 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
– Wine List of the Year

2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
– Wine List of the Year

and more