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169-171 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Charming, noisy, great food

This place is extremely well priced, (cash-only) cheerful and noisy but I do still love it. On the Sydney dining scene, unpretentious surroundings with plastic chairs and tables is a rarity but also reminds me of an era when things were simpler. Great range of pasta, specials and your choice of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
MezDog
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Sydney, Australia
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65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Cute little Cafe with great coffee, food and gelato!! Every time I have visited this cafe the food has always been amazing! They have a cute little courtyard out the back and the staff are very helpful and friendly. I can recommend the muscles and the profiterole filled with marscapone gelato drizzled with hot chocolate sauce, amazing!

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The gelato is awesome and it's not a commercially made gelato! It is delicious! Service has always been super efficient, genuine and friendly. We treat ourselves regularly after our weekly band rehearsals, a fantastic place to enjoy wholesome Italian tradition. Love it.

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This place is extremely well priced, (cash-only) cheerful and noisy but I do still love it. On the Sydney dining scene, unpretentious surroundings with plastic chairs and tables is a rarity but also reminds me of an era when things were simpler. Great range of pasta, specials and your choice of sauces. I keep coming back. Order the Chicken Romano... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Came here with friends on a Friday night, and easily found a table in the courtyard at the back. You order from a menu on the wall, pay up at the counter (cash only), collect your cutlery and wine glasses, and find a table. We had some pastas, a salad, garlic bread, and veal; and all of it was good,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

There is nothing fancy about this place. Order and pay at the bar. Sit at plain tables. The food speaks for itself. Well-prepared authentic italian food. There is an interesting and large selection of pasta sauces to choose from. Meat dishes and seafood are available too. The gelati are a great way to finish your meal. Cash only.

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This place definitely has a reputation for being around a long time and serving 'no frills' styles pasta dishes. My friend ordered a gnocchi arrabiata which tasted divine. My dish however was penne with prawns and chili. it was overcooked and like rubber - bit disappointing for a pasta 'institution... Also a couple of other things I take issue to..... More 

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Join the gelato conga line! It's worth the wait. Loving the quick and simple pasta meals at a reasonable price. Great coffee. Smiling, friendly and fast service. This place is my fave in Leichardt. If you want 5 star dining this is not the place. But if you want fast, friendly, honest, home style Italian food with a bustling atmosphere... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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231 reviews 231 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Pasta

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?