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Bar Italia

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169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to Bar Italia for 15 years. Its not fine dining but good family fare. I like the coffee and gelato,we have bought the bologanaise for the kids for many years and we are liking the way are lifting their game, the pizza is a good addition. I feel relaxed there, no worries. I can sit there... More 

Thank Innerwestreviewer
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Old school Italian with the attitude...in a nice way. Coffee and baked good are always great and their prices for this part of town are great

Thank sctex
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Food is ok, basic pizza nothing special would be a decent place only for the arrogant attitude of some of the staff, one in particular. We will not be going back.

Thank Pizzalovu
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Touted as an "institution" in Leichhardt, so, I decided to give this a try. I ordered a marinara pizza which was more like a cheese and tomato pizza with sprinklings of tiny bits of fish and squid for $19.50. But the worst experience was the carbonara. Before I ordered, I specifically asked if they add cream or it's the traditional... More 

Thank BlubBlub
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Coffee a bit tastless but gelato is good if a little small for the cost.Service was a little slow as they were busy .

Thank philf58
Sydney, Australia
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144 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Excellent "Old School" Italian just the way I like it right down to the red & white checked table clothes, great service, food and price would definitely return.

Thank irve2016
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495 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Haven't been here for over 15 years. Still authentic, basic place. Menu on the board & on laminated sheets. Order at the counter (not before grabbing a table- you have to be quick) Cash only Meals are not generous, but enough & reflected in the prices. Would return when it's warmer for the gelato, but not a meal.

Thank lost_nomads
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Dropped into this old iconic Italian gambling den .. as ut was known in the 1950' s and discovered the breakfast menu. I was floored with the pricing..unlike the others in Leichhard we had a bacon and egg breakfast, cappucino and a vegetarian breakfast all with a smile and change from $ 30. Dropped back in a coupke of days... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The pasta and meat sauce were divine, the service was okay and friendly, great coffee, low key and just enough for the kids to enjoy as well.

Thank GOM1550
Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The new owners - well, earlier this year!, have nearly finished a low-key revamp but the pasta soldiers on as ever. Always enjoy it! Little disappointed in today's affagato though. Good honest simple Italian, a perennial favorite. Cheap and cheerful!

Thank anniewicksmombasa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $22
Italian, Cafe, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Cash Only, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Leichhardt
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9560 9981
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?