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Bar Italia

169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“gelato” (68 reviews)
“pasta” (31 reviews)
“focaccia” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Cafe, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I first came here over 30 years ago and was new to Sydney then. For years when I lived in Glebe used to come here often. Only pop in once a year or so now but it is still perfect, the unchanged character and fabulous...More

Thank Landage W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant never disappoints . We went as a family group 6 Adults and 5 Children. The food is good Italian at a good price. The staff were mega friendly and helpful. Easy and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Thank MarigoldVentures
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is very busy and always packed on weekends so that speaks for itself it must have something going for it. I have always enjoyed snacks, cakes, ice cream and especially the coffee here you can't fault the quality. The place is almost run...More

Thank GordonJovic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice food for reasonable price. Very easy when you are with friends for a nice meal while chatting away,

Thank Betty G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So. No soy milk, no skim milk, no light milk, cash only. That alone smacks of arrogance. The staff were incredibly rude. It used to be the place to be. Avoid. Go to the Mezzapica up the road, or the Jolly down the road.

Thank Zaunerdeville
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

It's one of the remaining Italian restaurants along Norton St in Leichhart. No pretension here, just a nice and relaxing place for coffee, lunch, pizza, gelato and anything Italian. We had the marinara pizza with generous toppings and very tasty base tomato sauce. Another stellar...More

2  Thank edelicious
Reviewed 8 May 2017

As good as ever, prices now average whereas they used to be cheap. Fantastic sitting outside in the glorious autumn sunshine

Thank colsuss
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Has a great reputation but the food is only ordinary in both quantity and quality. The gelato is very nice but the rest just soso. There are other restaurants within walking distance of here that offer better quality for similar prices.

Thank Noeleen42
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Bar Italia is famous. For decades it was the best coffee in Sydney's inner west. And charming and unpretentious. Well, diffident. Ok ok, rude! But the coffee was superb. Sadly not today. It's lifeless. What a pity.

Thank N120AB
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

A modern day person that has stopped carrying a wallet 18 months ago cannot go to this cafe. One must carry what our grandparents used to call cash.

Thank Jen G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 5 - USD 23
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Cash Only, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
20:00 - 12:00
20:00 - 12:00
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
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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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