I've only lately discovered Sydney has its own little Italy in the town of Leichhardt (noob) and it presents so many exciting opportunities to explore every nook and cranny that the town has to offer. You walk down the strip of Norton street and nearly every restaurant, besides a Greek and 2 or 3 Japanese ones, is Italian. It appears neo-Italian bars dominate the area but it's the more traditional charming eateries that catch my eye. I was taken to Bar Italia by an old friend under recommendation that it was one of her favourite places to eat at. Not going to argue to with a self proclaimed Italian 'expert'.
Decor in the inside can be a little outdated and lacking although the many memorabilia on the wall and plastic tables give quite a nostalgic feel. The alfresco side towards the back is also quietly serene where the prized table away from the harsh summer sun under the beautiful shade of fern trees bound to induce a pleasant ahhhh from anyone.
|Spinach Arancini 6|
|Gnocchi Bolognese 15|
|Spaghetti Cabonara 15|
The restaurant is silently efficient and our mains came out 5 minutes after ordering them. The sizes aren't quite as E puts it "an entire packet of pasta per serving" but are evidently generous to say the least. I'm looking around and the house churned gelato and aromatic coffee there is incredibly popular which implores at least an empty belly on our next arrival.
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