After busy weeks with assignments, Nikita and I decided to have a saturday lunch in Leichhardt, a inner-west suburban area of Sydney. Leichhardt is often claimed to be the “Little Italy” in Sydney because of the Italian community and the culture associated with Italian emigrants.
Leichhardt is named after the persian (German) explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt, who came to Australia in 1842 for his study of rocks and nature. Italian migration began in 1920s, and its population sprang after the Second World War. It has influenced the area with Italian culture such as cafes and Italian restaurants. In fact, the Italian population there is decreasing at the moment. However, it still retains a strong Italian influence in every corner of the area.
One of the places you must go in Leichhardt is the Italian Forum, where you can enjoy many Italian restaurants and cafes. We had pizza at one of the restaurants called Caesar.
It was very good… firstly the price was suitable for us, students! It was a lunch time, and the price was $9.90/per a pizza or pasta. Secondly the taste was very enjoyable. Mine was ‘Napolitana’ with anchovies, olives and oregano, so it was a bit salty without parmesan cheese, but still, it was great.
If you are seeking something Italy more, you can enjoy a Italian Lemonade as well. It was the first time to try an Italian drink except Affogato! It was a lemonade, but the taste was a little bit different from other lemonades, as I felt more freshness (I do not know if it is actually fresh, but I am sure that you taste lemon more).
We ordered coffee after meal as well. They obviously has several coffee, and I had a cup of Hazelnut Latte and Nikita had Affogato. The affogato looked better than one I had in Newtown, since the ice cream was bigger and it was served in a glass with a shot glass of short black. I loved my Hazelnut Latte because it was not so sweet as I imagined.
In the forum, there seem apartments as well. I could see some people having lunch with family in their balconies, and that gave me a feel of Italy as well.
Norton street, which is just outside of the Italian forum, is the main commercial street in Leichhardt, and there were so many Italian restaurants that I could not count them all! Bar Italia is one of them, where they have Italian gelato and coffee.
If you are interested in Leichhardt, you should take a bus from the city as there is no train station around. It is just 15 minute travel from Central Station, and bus takes you directly to Norton street.
The address of the Italy forum is here:
23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW 2040