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Via Alta
Italian
  • 197 High st,
    Willoughby,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9958 1110,
    viaalta.com.au
  • Lunch daily noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm

Via Alta
-33.796066,151.200656

We defy you to resist the meatballs. Fried crunchy and golden outside, they're juicy, lightly spiced and beefy-porky within. Now, where are we? Ah, yes, Via Alta: what was once High Street Bistro has taken a turn for the northern Italian, with Ormeggio's Alessandro Pavoni as a backer and one of his chefs, Alex Keene, in the kitchen. The cosy clutch of rooms now rings with calls for more from the all-Italian wine list and the sizzle of pieces of chicken and pork turning on the spit, waiting to be served with polenta for dinner. Orzata, a barley soup enriched with pancetta and potato, is classic comfort, while the more lavish likes of crescent-moons of pasta filled with duck and sauced with browned sage butter speak of both care and ambition. Desserts can lean modern: a sprinkling of honeycomb on the panna cotta with (winter) raspberries. The vibe is warm, the welcome friendly; this could well be the road more taken.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $12-$24

    M $24-$35

    D $14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Alex Keene

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