An iconic cafe and restaurant with flecked marble Italian floor tiles that have been there from the day it opened way back in the 1950s. There is a patio eating area out back and tables out the front where patrons love to sit and people watch while drinking their lattes. Bar Italia is more than a cafe/restaurant – it’s a tradition. A mecca for coffee lovers and for those who value authentic Italian food which they can savour slowly in a casual relaxed atmosphere. On the menu are pizzas, pastas, and even meat and three veg dishes. It was Bar Italia that first introduced gelato to Sydney and during the summer months there are long queues outside waiting for a gelato fix. Open for breakfast and lunch too for a tasty focaccia or ricotta cheese cannoli.
171 Norton Street, Leichardt. 9560 9981. www.baritalia.net.au