Our Story

When friends become family… Pikkio’s story runs for over 20 years.

The founding four partners always bonded over their love of food, wine and family. Over a decade ago, Sam & Daniel owned a thriving cafe in Sydney’s CBD. It was their calling. They were living their dream cooking mouth-watering food and creating a welcoming, buzzing atmosphere for diners.

After many years, Daniel’s heart was drawn back to his home country Italy. Whilst there Daniel continued his passion of running a successful restaurant in the small city of Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Fresh, delicious food was the essence of his establishment and an importance that all the locals felt at home as soon as they entered the doors.

Nine years later Daniel and his wife returned to Sydney, reuniting with Sam and his wife. Their common love of gastronomy and desire to share their passion for the Northern and Southern Italian culture had not withered. With the old flame reigniting, together the four united and opened the authentic Italian Pikkio Pizzeria Trattoria that is in the heart of Panania village today.

It’s a place that people can meet, relax and grow their relationships over evenings sharing authentic Italian cuisines. The casual dining ambience offers an experience that is high on value and top quality fresh food, inspired by Italian flavours. Pikkio creates rich cuisine, bringing traditional food inspired by coast and mountain. This is what the founding partners thrived to achieve, an urban Italian eatery in the hub of Panania, where everyone who visits are instantly part of the family.

Pikkio – amici – famiglia – buon gusto!


Daniel mari


Daniel Mari discovered his passion for Italian food and Romano style pizzas growing up in the rural town of Ascoli Piceno, central Italy. After relocating to Sydney and working at GPO Pizza by Wood, he realised his dreams to head up his own Trattoria and now runs Pikkio in Panania.

This is seriously the best Italian food I have ever had. The simplicity of the meals gives you more than the sum of the premium quality parts. It\'s not pretentious and I find the level of flavours akin to the pallet at NOMAD where plates cost obscene amounts.
Give it a go. I recommend Tuesday or Wednesday for the best atmosphere.

- Joel Steele

Great Seafood Pasta. And really friendly staff.

- Ricky Ricardo Ameneiro

Not one to usually give reviews but I could not fault this restaurant at all. Food and service was absolutely amazing. My first time going here but definitely not my last!

- Daniel Kotsapas

Fantastic service, lovely atmosphere and beautiful food! Would definitely recommend and we will be back!

- Jasmin-Jade Nasser

The arancini was delicious. The tortellini was magnificent. The supreme pizza was spot on. The staff friendly and polite. Can\'t go wrong. Great local venue.

- Daniell Fernandes


Give us a call now to reserve your table

(02) 9792 2944