|Bar Italia on Norton St.|
In Sydney, there's no place better to go for Italian food other than Leichhardt.* I've been there at least five times. I mean I would be there more often if it was closer to home. Anyway, that means I've been to a couple of restaurants. Notable ones include Cafe Moretti and Bar Italia.
I first read about Bar Italia in Time Out. Apparently, they have gelato that is to die for. After a late night of doing schoolwork in uni, my friends and I head over to Leichhardt for dinner, and of course, there's always room for dessert. So I suggested Bar Italia. The gelato was good, I emphasize gooooood.
So then after a week or two, I went back there for both dinner and dessert with some other friends. We were heading there for dinner as well cause I've been hearing about the scrumptious pastas that more or less fall in the $15 range- they're supposedly spectacular especially considering the price tag.
|So, that's the wide range of pasta.|
|They've got other mains too!|
There was a whole board filled with the varieties of pasta. It made choosing nearly impossible. But then, I narrowed down the things that I usually like- red sauce, olives, capers, basil, etc. You sort of get the picture. After running my eyes down the menu for the- I guess 5th time, I've finally decided.
|Lemon Lime Bitters of course!|
I prefer Bundaberg though.
|Maccheroni Siciliana $15.50|
Anchovies, Eggplant, Olives, Chili,
Capsicum, in Napoli Sauce.
|Fettucini Puttanesca- $14.50|
Olives, Oregano, Capers,
Garlic, Peppers, Napoli Sauce.
Pasta filled with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese.
|The gelato bar|
|Hazelnut and Banana.|
|Mango and Banana|
Finally, there was dessert. Dessert is a crucial part of a meal. I guess it sort of determines how your night is going to end, you know what I mean? There was nothing better to get other than gelato. And however odd it may seem, the house favorite was banana.** I thought to myself it was a strange flavor the first time I tried it. But it just delivered. It was sort of like a frozen banana smoothie. I also decided to try hazelnut which is often my pick when it comes to gelato. Yes, when you've had gelato at Amici, you'd think their hazelnut is awesome. This is more than that. It felt really light and natural, and to top it all off, there were bits and chunks of hazelnut al throughout the scoop.
Nobody was disappointed that night. The food was just the way I expected it to be. This is one for the books.
|Gotta love GELATO.|
BTW, that is a random, not me.
169-171 Norton St
Leichhardt NSW 2040
(02) 9560 9981
* I heard Haberfield is great too, I have yet to check that suburb out!
** Daryl would've loved it.