A lover of good food, good music and good company, Bridie loves exploring the best of Sydney!
Published January 9th 2014
In the veritable sea of garlicky goodness that is Norton Street, it's hard for an Italian restaurant to stand out, but rustic eatery La Trattoria does just that. In fact, it only took about two mouthfuls of our entrée (a trio of bruschetta, $12, perfection!) for my dining companion and me to decide that La Trattoria is a definite keeper.
One of Leichhardt's absolute best Italian restaurants
Greeted at the door by head waitress Cinzia Spinazzola, we wasted no time in quizzing her on her top picks from the menu. She was an expert on the best flavours and wine matches, and little surprise – it turns out she is the wife of Chef Giovanni Spinazzola, well-loved in Sydney for his classic Italian fare.
Her guidance did not disappoint. Bypassing the traditional-but-oh-so-tempting pasta dishes in favour of something a little more exotic, my companion tucked into a real stunner of a dish – pan roasted duck breast with sour cherries soaked in grappa ($31), which was as pretty as it was tasty, while I opted for a succulent pork chop with pine nuts and raisins – hearty and delicious.
A stunning meal
Rounded out by an enormous serve of sumptuous Tiramisu (well you can't go to an Italian restaurant and not order Tiramisu!), we were spoiled indeed!
While the food certainly delivers, the highlight of our evening was the fantastic service we received. Guests feel so welcomed and like a part of the family (no, really – by the end of the night we'd been introduced to Cinzia's mum up the back and regaled with stories of her childhood!), and can't help but leave with a smile.
From the red and white checked table cloths to the outstanding service, everything about La Trattoria screams authenticity, but it also has a certain punchiness that makes it one to head back to. Perfect for date night or a party, family outings or a work dinner, La Trattoria is certainly one to check out.