Cuisine: Italian

This is no tourist trap. It’s the real deal: good food and great views. This beach-chic cafe by day and elegant trattoria by night has been feeding the people of Bondi for more than 20 years. If you’re a just-ran-the-Bondi-to-Bronte sort of morning person, reward yourself with crostini, smoked salmon, avocado, Spanish onion, capers and mascarpone $13.90. If you’re hung over, you’ll need a bacon and egg sandwich with smoky tomato relish $14.90. You’ll see ladies who lunch enjoying the fresh, light pasta dishes: angelhair pasta with raw tuna, rocket, parmesan and chilli oil $22.90, a particular favourite. Dinner sees sophisticated offerings such as barbecued spring lamb with baby beets, peas and goat’s cheese fritters $34.90. Shame if you’re not a local. 

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Cuisine: Italian,Pizza

One of a few names that regularly come up in the never-ending argument over Sydney’s best pizza, Pompei’s is a bustling indoor/outdoor corner cafe with a family-friendly air and paper-topped tables. George Pompei’s secret is his insistence on the finest natural ingredients: stone-ground unbleached flour, sea salt, natural yeast and extra-virgin olive oil. A choice of 25 pizza varieties includes spinaci e ricotta $20.90 and Cortina with pancetta, mascarpone, mushrooms, tomato and fior di latte mozzarella $21.90. Pasta and gnocchi $17–$26 are handmade each day and the artisan gelato and sorbet $6.90 are legendary, made in-house using unhomogenised organic milk, fresh fruit and Tasmanian spring water. Try the Ferrero Rocher with lots of crunchy bits or the sublime blood orange sorbet.


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