Sydney, New South Wales

Bondi locals hungry for authentic Italian fare and modern Aussie hospitality head to this unassuming eatery. At The Italian, good quality produce and family recipes are key to success in the typically trend-driven area.

11 O’Brien Street
North Bondi
Tel: +61 2 9365 5544
Italian, Pizzas
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Simple dining tables and a small selection of homeland paraphernalia are all that adorn The Italian's fuss-free dining space. Here, it's home-style fare and friendly service that are the focus of the much-loved Bondi haunt, which attracts diners keen for authentic bolognese and veal scallopini.

Husband-and-wife duo Paul and Mary have married their Italian heritage with a savvy for local Aussie produce at their family-run diner. At first glance the space may seem basic, but it's this very no-frills attitude that has awarded The Italian such a loyal local following.

Paul heads up the busy kitchen, dishing out his mother's recipes. The selection of pastas are hand made on site, including gnocchi, veal ravioli and fettucine, which diners pair with a made-to-order sauce of choice – a favourite is the ‘bassaro' with imported Italian sausage, porcini mushrooms, fresh basil and sage, finished with a dash of cream. The suburb's namesake pizza – The Bondi – celebrates its tropical locale: a thin crust base topped with four cheeses, pineapple, brown mushrooms and parsley. Old-school scallopini is hard to go past, made using Northern Rivers milk-fed veal, while kids can tuck into a cotoletta – crunchy, breaded veal cutlets - just like Nonna makes them. Sicilian specialties also feature – try the regional version of fried arrancini risotto balls with veal mince, peas and mozzarella, or for sweet tooths the cannoli alongside an extra-strong espresso, served traditionally with a sweetened ricotta filling.

Visit The Italian not for cheesy foreign memorabilia or mass-produced, would-be Italian dishes – this is a restaurant where locals' opinions matter and warm service exudes the familiarity of real-life relatives.
Alecia Wood
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Cheap & Cheerful
Waterfront Dining
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11 O’Brien Street
North Bondi NSW 2026
Just off café-studded Hall Street, a few minutes' walk from Bondi beach.
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Dee McConnell - 9/03/2014
I have dined at The Italian Bondi several times on my visits to Sydney. The service and the quality here is just amazing. You feel as though you are a part of the family by the time you leave there, actually you feel as though you don't want to leave! The Menu is just divine and I will certainly be visiting every time I come back to see what new tasty dish I can try out. AAAAAAA+++++
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