You’ve probably wandered by this tiny Italian hole-in-the-wall a hundred times and not even known it’s there. But once you step inside and take in the scent of mozzarella, salami and roasted coffee beans, you'll understand what all the fuss is about.
Brothers Damiano (ex-Pizza Mario and Sugo) and Fausto Zizioli have focused their energies on perfecting the piadina. Hailing from the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, the piadina is a round, lightly scorched flat bread that is rolled out thin on a hotplate and filled with everything from spicy sausage to provolone and eggplant. There are 12 variations to choose from, as well as two ever-changing specials, and a secret, not-on-the-menu special, known to the regulars as ‘The Michelle’.
Italians do know their coffee, and the folks at La Piadina are no exception. The coffee is consistently excellent and best paired with a wedge of mango crostata, fig jam tart, or mini Nutella pockets.
The tiny space is all hustle and bustle, with the kitchen spilling into the sitting area, barely leaving enough room for the small cluster of high tables and chairs. It’s a stylish fit-out, with polished wooden floorboards offset by metallic grey walls.
If you can, we suggest grabbing a seat at the bar under the window. It’s the perfect spot to people watch, enjoy the Bondi breeze and spot the plastic animals dotted all over the room.