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169-171 Norton Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
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8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Located at the start of Norton Street's line of restaurants and cafes, Bar...
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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Good for:
Late Night

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Always good pasta, quick basic but tasty

Have been going here for years and always enjoy the pasta, and the gelato is great! I feel you don't get quite as much for your money as you used to but I guess that is happening everywhere. I love the tuna fusilli the best!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
2gnomesinparis
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Sydney, Australia
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Have been going here for years and always enjoy the pasta, and the gelato is great! I feel you don't get quite as much for your money as you used to but I guess that is happening everywhere. I love the tuna fusilli the best!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I have been going here for a few years because of the coffee. So good and so strong. A few weeks ago it changed and every coffee has been weak. It tastes like warm milk.

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Sydney
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I have been a loyal customer of Bar Italia for over 30 years, even remembering the original owners, the Scandura family. For the last 20 years, every time I would visit I would have their siganture dish - Spaghetti Bar Italia. It's a combination of spaghetti, prawns, chilli, bacon and garlic. It has always been an amazing dish and even... More 

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SYDNEY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 169-171 Norton Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9560 9981

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 23
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

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.
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?