Bar Italia – Italian charm on Norton Street, Leichhardt

“No skim, no soy, no light, just milk”

This is the sign that has greeted Bar Italia customers for years and typifies the no nonsense, simple and charming landmark in Sydney’s inner west.

Opened in 1952, Bar Italia is one of the last remaining small Italian restaurants and cafes that lined Norton Street during the 1950s and 60s to cater for the growing Italian community in the area as a result of the migrants who moved here after #WWII. Over the last decade Norton Street has sadly lost much of it’s #Italian charm due to high rents and a changing local community. But somehow Bar Italia has survived so it must be doing something right.

In it’s 54 years, Bar Italia has maintained it’s original charm through it’s menu, decor and staff of which changes have been few and far between. Only recently did ownership change from Peter Cama who ran Bar Italia for 25 years to new owners who now have the chance to add their own touch. But hopefully they don’t change too much. So far so good!

During the 1980s and 90s #Leichhardt built a reputation for being “Lesbian friendly” and as a result Bar Italia was a popular place to eat for Sydney’s Lesbian community.

Bar Italia is famous for its #gelato (particularly the #tiramisu flavour) as well as Italian pizza, pasta and focaccias. You’ll often find one Sydney #history Instagrammer poking his head in to satisfy his rather silly late night #coffee craving … with normal milk thank you!

Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but make no guarantees. Please use this information at your own risk!

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Sources:
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/norton-st-institution-bar-italia-is-up-for-sale-in-leichhardt/story-fngr8h4f-1226886098075
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/arrivederci-to-leichhardts-little-italy-norton-st-in-decline-and-businesses-demand-action/story-fngr8h4f-1227096256735
http://www.baritalia.net.au/
http://camp.org.au/component/content/article?id=139

 

Bar Italia Norton Street Leichhardt

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