If you thought Italian fare was limited to pizza and pasta, think again.

You’ll be forgiven for thinking Italian fare is all pizza and pasta. While its history is steeped with these staples, Italian cuisine is more diverse than they suggest.

Each region showcases unique flavours and offerings. The Piedmont is renowned for its cheeses and art of slow cooking, Tuscany boasts lighter dishes of minestrone soup and panforte, and the Spanish-influenced Calabria delights in seafood, spicy sausages, and Calabrese-style pizza. As for Sicily? It’s a country in its own right, being the home of arancinis, granatas, cannolis, and some of the world’s finest wines.

They say Leichhardt is the Little Italy of Sydney, and they wouldn’t be wrong with Norton Street boasting more than a handful of Italian eateries on top of the annual Italian Festa, but pubs and restaurants Sydney-wide are picking up on the cuisine, and doing it right.

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