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Bar Italia

169-171 Norton Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
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Ranked #970 of 5,231 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $0 - $27
Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
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.
Restaurant details
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
Kitchener, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went he for gelato after dinner. It's still tastes amazing! Nothing has changed since I was a kid (it's a good thing!) and used to get brought here on special occasions, so many memories and such great gelato!

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Aust
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Sydney
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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
1 review
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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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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sydney
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 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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415 reviews 415 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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