As people flock to Newtown to experience the throng of new and ‘cool’ eateries, it’s easy to miss the true gems hiding beneath the shadows.
One such gem is the 8 month old family run café/restaurant, Oldtown in Newtown, run by Italian migrants and mother-daughter duo Ella and Elisa. Ella has a background in hospitality, whilst daughter Elisa studied graphic design but always had a passion for food.
Walking into Oldtown you’re greeted with a warmth and cosiness that can only be created from a passion and love of good food and service. Styled by Elisa and Ella, the small interior features an orange, yellow and green colour scheme and small tables artistically covered in newsprint lithographs from Ancient Rome. A focal point is the large wooden easel filled with cookbooks, teapots, plants and homemade preserves.
The restaurant runs by the ethos of simple, fresh ingredients, with a less is more approach. Working with local grocers and using seasonal produce, Oldtown has made a name for itself by serving up homemade and authentic Italian food. The craft beer and wine is also sourced locally and paired tastefully with the dishes.
With plenty of different specials always on offer, why not try the black ink gnocchi in a creamy sauce and picci or the duck ragu with hand rolled Tuscan pasta? Or the slow cooked wagyu ragu or the vodka smoked trout? There are also plenty of find salads and antipasti dishes and a large range of bruschettas.
I tried the nero rosso with olive tapenade, sundried tomato paste and mozzarella pearls. A beautifully tangy olive tapenade mixed with crunchy bread and cheesy pearls was just heavenly. The sundried tomato paste? A little bit sweet, a little bit of bite, and a little bit magical.
Next time you’re shopping up a storm on King St or are just looking for an A-class cafe – Oldtown in Newtown is where you wan’t to go.
503-511 King St, Newtown, 2042
(02) 9557 4339
Sat – Sun: 9am-11pm