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Bar Italia

169-171 Norton Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
(02) 9560 9981
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Ranked #1,377 of 5,162 restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $0 - $14
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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42 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went there for the Gelato and I have been recommended to visit this place by a friend. Certainly a good decision, it has this family feeling inside the shop, very cosy and warm service (ladies behind the gelato bar) I ordered a Tiramisu and WOW…definitely I am going back there again for Tiramisu. I have tasted the Panna Cotta... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

70 for a simple lunch. Only reason why we came was to say we ate at little italy. Every one rages about the gelato but even it has its downfalls. If your after good itilan food go away.

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Sydney, Aust
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103 reviews 103 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

You go here because it's an absolute Sydney institution. It's been a cafe for over forty years and little has changed about the place. You'll have to queue to place your order and you'll have to be ready to say your order by the time you reach the counter. No humming and haahhing. It's a little along the lines of... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We only ever come here for the Gelato which is the best gelato i've tasted outside of Italy. It's actual real gelato and delicious, not those flavoured ones you get in other places. The pistachio gelato is my favourite. The decor is a bit old, but doesn't matter too much for having gelato.

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We've been coming here for years and never thought to do a review. Recently dropped by with a work colleague, en route to collect his car and thought we'd swing by for a coffee and a cannoli. Now all you half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon or soybean juice or skim milk drinkers can STOP RIGHT HERE.... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I have never written a restaurant review for trip advisor, but felt compelled to write one after the treatment we received at this place. The food was only average and expensive for what we got, but the real issue was the treatment from the staff. Not only were they rude but they were very unhelpful and totally disinterested in serving... More

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Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

No fuss, blast from the past. Bar Italia has been around for decades, still has the same furniture and decor. We only have coffee and Gelato. For food there are plenty of other restaurants nearby or in Haberfield.

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Baulkham Hills, Australia
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94 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Once a great place, this has been reduced to just another outdated has been in Norton st. The coffee and gelato are still great however the refusal to move with the times on coffee (skinny, decaf, etc) and the same old decor will see it decade as another fossil.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This restaurant has been in Leichhardt for a good many years. Years ago it really was the place to eat. It was very good value and family friendly with a good outdoor area. However, I find that these days, the food is not quite so good and the service can be extremely slow. The outdoor area is often crowded and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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388 reviews 388 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

The area used to have its Italian vibes..unfortunetly not anymore! And with all the great Italian places popping up like mushrooms in Sydney; bar Italia is going backward. Balmain nearby offers better choices..and if you are keen to make it as far as Mosman you will not regret it.

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