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Via Alta, North Willoughby (NSW)
Via Alta, North Willoughby (NSW)
Via Alta, North Willoughby (NSW)

Via Alta

9.2/10
1420
197 High St, 2068 North Willoughby (NSW)See map

Average price A$65

Set sharing feast A$79

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Damiano arrived in Australia in 2017 from his home region of Marche, in Italy’s north. He was armed with good English, a Diploma from the Italian Hotel Management Institute, and a hunger to learn from yet another country. After completing his technical qualification in Italy in 2010, he concentrated first on deepening his knowledge of the regional cuisine of Marche, his home region in Italy. The years prior to Australia Damiano had been honing his chef skills in London with stints in Clarke’s Restaurant in London, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Nobu Park Lane, and more. On his arrival in Australia he held the position of Senior Chef de Partie of Ormeggio at The Spit, and he quickly proved himself as not only a great cook but also an ambitious, creative, and reliable chef with a great passion for his work. In his time with Ormeggio the restaurant held its coveted second Chef Hat with a 17.5/20 rating in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide and has been consistently recognised as one of Sydney’s leaders in pushing the boundaries of contemporary Italian cuisine. Damiano moved to Via Alta in May 2018 and since then he’s the leader of the kitchen and the one in charge of creating sensational dishes for you to enjoy!

Restaurant menu

Last update: October 2022
Chef Damiano Ottaviani
Average price A$65
American express Welcome
Tagliatelle
A$38
Lobster meat, cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, lemon
Gnocchi
A$32
Herbs pesto, salted ricotta, pine nuts
Busiate
A$38
Prawns, zucchini, saffron butter
Set sharing feast A$79
This preset menu includes: Appetizer + Pasta + Main + Dessert

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Reviews

9.2/10
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9.3/10

Food

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  • Rick D.
    Rick D.

    January 28, 20232 reviews

    10/10

    The service is excellent and friendly, the food is great! Atmosphere was buzzing after 7pm A little bit of Sicily on the North Shore. Must try their bread, and negroni's

  • Christine C.
    Christine C.

    January 15, 202330 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent food and service as always

  • Debra A.
    Debra A.

    December 15, 20227 reviews

    9.5/10

    This restaurant is uniformly excellent and has been over all the years it’s been open. I’ve never had a bad meal there. Unfortunately, on this particular evening, there were a couple of very loud parties, which made it difficult to hear each other talk. Other than that, it was yet again an excellent meal.

  • Jackie T.
    Jackie T.

    December 2, 20227 reviews

    5.5/10

    Cosy, buzzing atmosphere but the food was a bit hit and miss. The beef brisket was really good but the tagliatelle with boar ragu was disappointing (the ragu was like a paste and was way too salty and the dish seemed over-priced). The tiramisu was ok, as was the kid’s schnitzel. Overall, we were disappointed by the experience and would not go back.

  • Sienna R.
    Sienna R.

    November 19, 20228 reviews

    10/10

    It’s really an amazing Italian restaurant. The lobster pasta, lamb shank and beef brisket were so delicious. Also the Tiramisu and pannacotta. Definitely go back again.

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  • Cheryl p.
    Cheryl p.

    November 13, 202226 reviews

    10/10

    Absolutely authentic Italian food selection, presented well and great flavours, as well as supported by great red wine selections

  • Helen K.
    Helen K.

    November 13, 20221 review

    9/10

    The food was very nice, The service was very good, but the waiting time between each dishes can be improved.

  • Martin H.
    Martin H.

    November 12, 20225 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent service, great food and a fun atmosphere. Not been here before but would definitely return here as the food and vibe was so good. We had the fixed price menu and would highly recommend !

  • Winnie L.
    Winnie L.

    November 12, 20228 reviews

    8.5/10

    Great value for money. Fantastic service. We ordered the set menu with 50% off promo and so we got to try 8 different items. Serving size is good and will definitely be back to try other items in the menu.

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  • Fabio Attilio D.
    Fabio Attilio D.

    November 10, 20228 reviews

    10/10

    Good experience: food, staff, and atmosphere really nice. We had dinner with friends and we choose the degustation menu and was excellent. Recommended

  • Janelle H.
    Janelle H.

    November 10, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    Great experience. Fabulous service. Yummy food. Will definitely be back.

  • Yang-Li O.
    Yang-Li O.

    November 8, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    Lovely ambiance & good food.. We had to wait a bit for the food. But understandable given that there’s only one cook and it was a busy during lunch on the day we went.

  • Anika D.
    Anika D.

    November 6, 202210 reviews

    10/10

    Fabulous experience , we had the set menu, thoroughly enjoyed the experience , will be back

  • Irina B.
    Irina B.

    November 6, 20223 reviews

    8.5/10

    Great food and good service. Allergies well catered for and set menu was adapted. Tables a bit too close to eachother, but otherwise, excellent. Thank you.

  • Daphne S.
    Daphne S.

    November 5, 202216 reviews

    9/10

    Very nice service! We had the 50% discount off menu. Enjoyed most of the food except for the potato salad which was way too basic. The beef brisket was very tender and tasty. Barramundi was a bit overcooked hence a bit dry. Tiramusu was a nice way to wrap up the meal.

  • Peter A.
    Peter A.

    November 4, 20222 reviews

    8/10

    Nice to see a place like this close to home. Good food is done well would go back anytime for lunch and try the a la carte menu. Service was friendly and helpful

  • Violeta S.
    Violeta S.

    November 2, 202215 reviews

    9.5/10

    This restaurant is a neighbourhood gem. They serve excellent food and good service. Price is reasonable and would be happy to recommend it to my friends.

  • Julianne G.
    Julianne G.

    October 29, 202218 reviews

    10/10

    We had the set menu, every course was delicious,,decent servings, Dan & his team provided excellent & attentive service. We will return..

  • AnneShengbei Q.
    AnneShengbei Q.

    October 26, 20225 reviews

    10/10

    We really liked this restaurant, enjoyed about everything from quality and delicious food, great services, atmosphere. We definitely will go again.

  • Hannah Z.
    Hannah Z.

    October 20, 20227 reviews

    10/10

    Had the premium share dishes and loved all the food, everything tasted fresh and delicious, without being salty. Great service in getting all the dishes out as we only had 1.5hours for lunch today A takeaway box was kindly offered as the 8 dishes were really filling. With the fork 50% off, this is such an incredible deal. Will definitely come back to this little neighbourhood gem, highly recommended!

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Opening time

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

197 High St, 2068, North Willoughby (NSW), Australia

About the restaurant

Bellissimo Italian amongst the north shore burbs

Via Alta. It's the kind of restaurant that you will kill to have in your local burb. A friendly, welcoming spot that's open lunch and dinner, and absolutely nails boisterous memorable Italian cuisine. Yep, you definitely want this trattoria in your hood. Scan the big blackboard menu and begin the difficult task of choosing (good luck!): fritto misto of prawns and calamari, veal ossobucco with saffron and gremolata, baked baccala pie and crumbed and fried Milanese meatballs... the list goes on and on. In our opinion you shouldn't miss out on the meatballs, these bad boys are insanely irresistible and gobsmackingly good. Via Alta is the first bambino of Alessandro Pavoni (of the two hatted Ormeggio at the Spit) and Bill Drakopoulous (of Sydney's Restaurant Group and Aqua Restaurant Group) who joined forces to bring much needed Italiano life to the north shore dining scene….Bellissimo!

Best dish: mondeghini - crumbed and fried Milanese meatballs made with scotch fillet, mortadella and Italian pork sausage, piled into a tall metal cone lined with brown paper.

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