Barbetta is an all day modern Italian cucina/trattoria in Elizabeth Street, Paddington, and it really feels like you’ve been transported to a bustling cafe in Italy. Even the names of the dishes get you thinking you’re there.
The decor is in fitting too, with a bistro feel, retro counters, fully stocked bar and small section selling gourmet products including pasta, cheeses and deli meats to go. The front counter also offers a range of beautiful patisserie goods.
Barbetta offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus changing at midday. They excel on all fronts; decor, ambience, service, drinks and of course food.
We are in a dining party of three and begin with a coffee, which is Toby’s estate. On a hot day, the Freddo (or icy latte) is our pick. If you’re not up for coffee, maybe it’s a milkshake or tea, or if it’s an appropriate time, maybe a cocktail!
We’re there for brunch and the Pannacotta Alla Mandorla was calling our name. Made with almond milk, this pannacotta is light and soft, and certainly very wobbly as it should be. Topped with poached pear, rhubarb, dehydrated raspberries and & deliciously favoured maple granola. The meal was superb, and certainly for the sweet tooth’s . It’s also a good option for gluten free and dairy free diners.
We also opted for the ‘frittelle do zucchine’, their grilled fritters, made with zucchini, ricotta, buckwheat, corn & parmesan, topped with poached egg, smashed peas and pea sprouts. This is also a vegetarian and gluten free dish.
Their ‘Carbonara Australiana’ sounds like a pasta, but rather is an outstanding dish with pillowy soft scrambled free range eggs, with pecorino and they are so creamy and delicious.Served atop some toasted sourdough and a generous portion of crispy bacon and a sprinkle of black pepper. We would absolutely order this again.
In addition to our choices, you can always get a healthy breakfast bowl, mushrooms, avo, toasties and they also have a kids menu.
Staff here were super lovely, took our order efficiently, food was served fast and they checked up on how things were going.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this cafe and look forward to returning.
2 Elizabeth St, Paddington NSW 2021