Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published January 16th 2013
Drool worthy pizza without an airfare to Italy
Whilst Leichardt may be known as the 'little Italy' of Sydney, Lane Cove is bringing the authentic Italian touch to the North Shore.
Via Napoli is a lively pizzeria that has revived the Longueville Road and Austin street corner junction in Lane Cove; alfresco tables dominating the footpath, whilst the smell of wood fired dough sets nostrils alight.
Via Napoli has managed to distinguish itself amongst a plethora of pizzerias through offering the true Italian experience; from menu right through to décor and staffing. The tables are small and tightly packed.
The waiters all have loud, thick Italian accents and offer charming (albeit bustling) service with a smile. However the food is the absolute trump card! Tangy prosciutto, smooth mozzarella and drool-worthy pizza abound.
The menu is simple with a heavy emphasis on pizza using the traditional Neapolitan specifications; the pizza being baked for no more than 60-90 seconds in 450 degree heat. These gems are available in 3 sizes with the largest being 1 meter long. Where else can you find a 1m pizza that you can have up to three types of toppings?
The experience was rather like an edible catwalk, each step up the base a new combination of loveliness fringed with puffy crust. We sampled the Quattro Salumi (unanimous favourite), Salsiccia & Friariella & the Caprese flavours all on our meter ($60) along with 3 entrees; calamari, rocket salad and prosciutto.
The combination was more than enough to sustain 5 of us; and the loosened belt buckles signalled that it really would have been enough for 6 of us. Re-loosening the buckles again after squeezing in some delicious tiramisu affirmed this even more!
A large tick in this restaurant's favour is that whilst they are licensed they also are BYO for wine which can slash the cost of your evening quite considerably; so don't forget to bring a nice bottle with you.
All of these factors would explain why the place is always buzzing so do book ahead to ensure you can get a table as word spreads about this not-so-secret-anymore North Shore Italian hotspot!
While I didn't mind the food here I felt the antipasti platter was a ripoff. It doesn't feature on the menu so we didnt know how much it would cost. It turned out to be 12*individual antipasti items put together in a platter and costing north of $250. So if you weren't going to order 12 different antipasti platters then don't get ripped off with the platter