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. Using locally sourced ingredients, Giovanni creates modern, contemporary Italian dishes inspired by Italy’s numerous culinary regions – from Lombardy in the north to Campania in the south.


A path from the beach leads through the garden to the beach house. 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.

In addition to our traditional services, Pilu at Freshwater has several function spaces, from an intimate private room for a family celebration, to corporate cocktails and weddings in our garden, complete with a spectacular seaside backdrop.


The team at Pilu at Freshwater come from far and wide. Comprised of local and international professionals, all of the staff at Pilu, are passionate about food and wine, so much so, they have made hospitality their career.