Tucked away in the quiet North Shore suburb of Willoughby, this upmarket pizzeria puts the emphasis on organics and local produce.
Daniel Sofo (the man behind Firefly) created the lively little joint with an open kitchen and bar in an area not known for its nightlife. It’s still an early evening and lunch crowd locally, so The Italian operates on full throttle for the ladies for lunch.
As you might expect at a place named "The Italian", dishes are made with respect for tradition. Graze on olives and arancini before moving onto pizza, pasta and simple salads.
The whole experience, from the mod-rustic timber and exposed brick décor to the trad cooking, veers on the right side of hip in its rendering of a friendly neighbourhood diner.