Sonny’s Bottega is about family. It was started by Gianna Rosa, her husband Arden Pether and her brother Erasmo. You’ll find Gianna and her mother Laura running front of house and their family photos on the wall. The bar’s namesake, Sonny (Gianna’s grandfather), features in a few.
It’s comfortable and casual, with the right amount of Italian class. There are hand-painted tiles on the wall above the dark-purple upholstery of the couches. Glossy black tiles cover the bar, which has plenty of high stools.
Sonny’s is a prosecco and spuntino (snack) bar, so naturally prosecco is a feature here, with an ever-changing list of options. Every Friday when the bar is full, Che La Luna by Louis Prima is played and everyone gets free bubbly. The rest of the wine list is a mixture of Italian and Australian drops. There’s also amari, grappa and even Italian whisky behind the bar. There are a couple of beers on tap, and a small but interesting selection in the fridge.
Food is simple: pasta, rustic mains, cheese, olives and cured meats. The menu changes seasonally; everything is handmade and fresh. Sonny’s stresses it isn’t a restaurant, but you’ll still eat well.
Outside is a small courtyard, perfect for snacks and spritz in the sunshine.