Healthy Eating

After fresh ideas for meals that are healthy but still pack a flavour punch? We've got salads and vegetable-packed bowls to soups and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 24th July, 2017 and receive 6 issues for only $35!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Via Alta
Italian
  • 197 High st,
    Willoughby,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9958 1110,
    viaalta.com.au/
  • Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm;

    Dinner daily 6pm-10pm

     

Via Alta
-33.79623,151.20103

"This restaurant is very Italian," says our very Italian waiter. So Italian, in fact, that she accidentally announces the price of one of the dishes in euros. It all adds to the charm of this offshoot of star chef Alessandro Pavoni's more formal Ormeggio. Via Alta means "high street" (check the address), and here the mood is that of a relaxed trattoria, the warm interiors accented with timber, soft lighting and leather banquettes. A generous list of daily specials runs from staples such as the ever-popular arancini, this version with mushroom and truffled pecorino, and insalata Caprese, the classic tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad, to swordfish carpaccio dressed dramatically with squid ink and pink peppercorns. Butter-tender calamari fritti might be a safe option, but it's also executed masterfully, and there's nonna-level comfort in the hearty pappardelle with beef cheek ragù. A welcome taste of northern Italy on the north shore.


You might also like:

Bang, Sydney restaurant review

Panache could be a watchword for Bang, Surry Hills’ first fo...

A Guide to Sydney

Take a personal tour of some of Sydney’s more flavoursome hi...

At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $16-$19

    M $24-$36

    D $14

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Alex Keene

MOST VIEWED IN OUR RESTAURANT GUIDE

Bistrode CBD

Sydney, NSW
Chef Jeremy Strode began his career washing dishes at 14. His journey to Bistrode CBD has...

1889 Enoteca

Brisbane, QLD
There's no better place in Brisbane to enjoy regional classics and seek out exciting, low...

Attica

Melbourne, VIC
One of Ben Shewry's great strengths is his ability to transform the potentially hokey int...

Amaru

VIC
Amaru is dressed to impress. A one-time shopfront turned into an intimate 34-seat restaur...

Bar Lourinha

Melbourne, VIC
Turning 10 has added spring to Bar Lourinha's step. Not that this perennially crowded fav...

10 William Street

Sydney, NSW
What a difference a year makes. After a variety of guest-chef talent passed through it, t...

Smolt

Hobart, TAS
Smolt is the Volvo of Hobart restaurants: always reliable, without making a fuss. Secure ...

Cafe Di Stasio

Melbourne, VIC
Cafe Di Stasio represents the ideal of dining as a particularly adult pleasure. The exper...
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×