Real Italian Gem at Nonna Maria’s Place

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Finding a good authentic Italian place for dinner is typically a complex task, especially when it is peak hour and all the restaurants on Church Street, Parramatta is packed. Thankfully I suddenly remembered Helen from Grab Your Fork recent post.

It is not difficult to find this place at night as Christmas lights sparkle and flash all around Nonna Maria’s Place restaurant.

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Spotted!  Italian vibe coming from the corner. The red and white striped table cloth and messy waxed candles gave it away.

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Who doesn’t love freebies? It was pretty generous of the restaurant to serve free, yes, FREE Fresh Bread and a Jug of Home-Made Lemonade, made the old fashioned way!

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Complimentary Fresh bread

Free lemonade made me smile throughout the whole night. It tasted unreal – perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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Strangely the hat and the umbrella reminded me of the English comic actor Charlie Chaplin . Agree or disagree?

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The entire evening this cheeky statue was accompanying me while I feast on Nonna’s spectacular home style dishes.

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From the home style pizzette daily board we tried Quattro Formaggi ($8) – provolone, pecorino, gorgonzola and bocconcini. Four types  of cheese on a handmade pizza dough. Very cheesy!

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Then came the grilled Tasmanian Smooth Dory ($22) – A very large portion of fish smothered in mint and garlic sauce. On the side-beautifully plated colourful salad with two wedges of lemon.

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I was salivating over the Homemade sweet potato gnocchi with Carbonara  ($16). A definite gnocchi WINNING dish! With a generous portion of plump sweet potato cushions dished up with bacon, onions in light cream sauce with Mama Nonna’s secret herbs.

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Make sure to savor some bread so you can dunk it in the classic Minestrone Soup ($12). An authentic soup reminds me of my awesome Italian aunt’s home cooking.  I absolutely love the mix vegetables in one bowl-very heart-warming soup.

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The Fettuccine with Boscaiola ($15) a scrumptious mix of freshly sliced mushroom- ours seemed to be hiding under the long, thick fettuccine, shredded bacon, crushed garlic and in light cream sauce.

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Fancy a little spice in your dish?  Ask the friendly waitress for some house-made piping hot chili sauce.

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I adored the overlapping melted wax on the wine bottles. It really adds a sense of romance and to the Italian family vibe.

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Betty Boop awaits as we pay at the counter. Such a throwback to the 1930s era.

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Nonna Maria’s Place is a real authentic Italian gem in the heart of Parramatta. It’s a fantastic restaurant for cheap date nights, big family gathering and hang outs with friends. The best part about this place is the free lemonade and opening hours. They open 7 days a week!

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8 thoughts on “Real Italian Gem at Nonna Maria’s Place

    Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said:
    August 31, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Omg the sweet potato gnocchi looks divine! I’ve heard about the awesome free lemonade here – that’s gotta be a winner 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      The lemonade is unreal! Besides The Grounds in Alexandria….this place has the traditional lemonade as well 😀

    grabyourfork said:
    September 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Love the cheesy feel to this place, and their gnocchi is amazing isn’t it? So soft and fluffy!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      Best gnocchi hands down. Thank you for your lovely suggestion 🙂

    sydneyguyrojoe said:
    December 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    i wish it all the luck, its location is not the best and a few italian places have come and gone from that exact location

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Although its right at the end of a not so busy location, its not hard to find this place with the flashy bright lights. Its truly a Italian gem for Parramatta.

    anakfi said:
    July 24, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    So happy to read that you like this cosy little Italian eatery too! Their sweet potato gnocchi is my favourite go-to dish there when I was still living in Parra!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Thanks for reading Anakfi. I absolutely love this place too! I always recommend this place whenever my friends ask for affordable and tasty pasta.

      *Hi5* Sweet potato is da BOMB! 😀

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