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169-171 Norton Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
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Ranked #1,286 of 5,379 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $0 - $24
Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Located at the start of Norton Street's line of restaurants and cafes, Bar Italia is a popular place for reasonable pastas, serious coffee and a variety of gelato. The restaurant specialises in pasta but also offers foccacias for lunch and mains such as chicken schnitzel and salads. Bar Italia is open everyday for lunch and dinner and accepts BYO. Takeaway is available.
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English first
SYDNEY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is one of the oldest restaurants in Australia but the new owners have ruined the once reliably good meals on offer. We ordered two pasta dishes that to be frank were absolutely awful. The spicy special seemed to be missing the chili and the vegetarian pasta completely lacking any flavour at all. How sad. How hard could it be... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Bar Italia is place I always like to go to the gelato is amazing and the food is good and there is a area for everyone to Sit if you have a dog at the frount and so on I would recommend to anyone who visits Leichhardt

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This restaurant has a rustic charm which I hope doesn't get swallowed up in our ever changing plastic swanky world. It has lasted the tests of time to date and so may it continue. From the chaotic way you order your meal to the cash only register, to the faded plastic furniture wobbling on the uneven floor. I love it.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Have been eating here on and off for many years but it has turned a little stale. Had the regular Bar Italia with fettuccine but it was over spiced with chilli and not enjoyable. Others in the group ordered different sauces but they all tasted pretty much the same and loaded up with chilli. The service was also pretty rude.... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We arrived at about 10am. There were few customers. We ordered our coffees at two simple dishes, their standard foccarcia and their standard Bar Italia breakfast. 50mins, another coffee, and two reminders later my partner brought it out. I left without finishing it , not because it wasn't tasty, but because their was no salt and pepper and I wasn't... More 

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Byron Bay, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

This is my fifth visit to Bar Italia and was not disappointed. I had the Gnochi Gorgonzola and it was scrumptious.The Cannoli for sweets was excellent and the coffee had depth. Geoff Bensley Byron Bay

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Sydney, Australia
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42 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Well ... I was so looking forward to the focaccia ... salami, cheese, eggplant (where was the tomato as advertised?) ... my poor focaccia; thrown together without love. It arrived at my table; forlorn on the plate; dishevelled. Yes, it had literally been thrown together without any love or care. It was a mean and lean serve and was in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have been coming to Bar Italia when the pasta cost about $8.00. The service and food has not changed, which is a good thing as they have really good pasta and coffee. Having tried many items over the years, we now stick to the Bar Italia Special, Bolognese (really lovely & tomatoey), marinara and eggplant pasta. We always have... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If I could rate the place higher, I probably would.... The home of a real Terror-Missu.... I find the Bar Italia tiramisu hard to resist. Far to much cream and mascarpone for my Doctor to allow - so I just don't tell him, I might admit to a single cannoli ... I have also tried the chocolate mousse and enjoyed... More 

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Star707, Sydney
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147 restaurant reviews
513 helpful votes 513 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This old Inner West icon has been a point of social reference for at least four decades on Leichhardt's Norton Street. The old man has grown tired and has decided to retire. He has sold out to a Greek restauranteur from up the road. The question is: can he do it? Can he pull off what Bar Italia is? This... More 

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Additional Information about Bar Italia

Address: 169-171 Norton Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9560 9981
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 24
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

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