118 Ramsgate Avenue
2026 Sydney, Australia
There is no uncertainty with a name like that. It is what it is; Italian food at North Bondi. Chef, Robert Marchetti, has taken the basic trattoria formula and plonked it right on the beach beneath the local RSL club.
That formula is a simple menu broken down into a variety of categories (and all conveniently printed on your paper placemat): formaggi, antipasti, salumi, insalate, offal, carni, pasta, among others, and of course, dolci. Cutlery and condiments sit in recessed trays sunk into the bare timber tables. Staff bustle about wearing denim coveralls.
The daylight panorama, with the grand sweep of Bondi Beach before you, a Campari and soda or glass of Bellavista Cuvee Brut in hand, takes some beating. It's as if the food has to play second fiddle to the venue. And that's okay, especially when the food doesn't try to outdo the view, but your expectations need to be similarly placed. Think four-cheese lasagna, chicken cacciatore or braised tripe Parma style; standard, classic Italian fare, and all done adequately.
But for some, having to wait some time for a table, which is often the case with a no-reservations policy, 'adequate' might be a bit too much to ask.
Don't forget, this is Bondi after all. Many are here to be seen here. If this is not your scene, similar autentico Italian dishes can be had for less elsewhere, but without the view. It's up to you!