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Il Nido, The Nest Restaurant, is an Italian restaurant located in Castle Hill NSW.

We serve delicious and authentic Italian wood-fired gourmet pizza, pasta, and mains.

  • Family friendly environment
  • Cater for special diet requirements (please notify us ahead of time)
  • Licensed venue and byo bottled wine
  • Cater for group functions
  • Free nearby parking – actually it’s under our building

Contact us to make a booking.

Celebrating 23 years

As a child, I would watch my grandmother and mum lovingly prepare traditional dishes from Calabria and Sicily.

Often I’d help them prepare home-made pasta and ravioli. I loved the sensuality of the ingredients on my hands. That and the scent of fresh herbs and garlic plus the sounds of laughter and gossip.

Occasionally I would try my hand at stealing a freshly baked biscuit, only to be caught by their eagle eyes. A light slap on the hand and an afternoon exile from the kitchen was punishment. I got to keep the biscuit, though!

It wasn’t just the women in the family who prepared food; my uncle and grandfather were skilled Italian pastry chefs. So it was natural to absorb a culture in which good food was paramount.

For me, it’s all about family, friends and delicious food. Oh, and maybe a splash of great wine.

So on 22nd of April 1997, I opened Il Nido The Nest Restaurant in Castle Hill. At the time the food trend was modern Australian cuisine which was a blend of different cuisines. We had success with it, but my heart was in traditional Italian fare. Eventually we found our patrons wanted the same. I jumped at the opportunity.

I’m pretty sure we were one of the first to introduce wood fired gourmet pizzas in Castle Hill. Aside from pizza, we serve pasta and mains. We also welcome functions big or small.

Il Nido The Nest Restaurant has been in business for almost 20 years. The crazy thing is serving adults who used to come to my restaurant as children.

So to all our patrons – past, present and future, thank you for letting me share my passion with you.

Owner of Il Nido The Nest Restaurant
Contact us to make a booking.