The Italian Diner holds an enviable position on the main street of Bangalow*. On any given morning, if you stop in for coffee to kick start your day (as I often do, being a local Bangalonian and all) you not only get a fine view of Shanti’s OOTD** but you basically bump into pretty much everyone else in town.
How very Italian of them. And us.
But it’s not just a neighborhood meeting place. It’s also perfect parts casual family diner (think: wood fired pizza) and serious hinterland foodie haunt (the regional food nights are renown) all gathered together under the sensual gaze of a larger than life Sophia Loren.
With the recent addition of chef Marco Ribechini, originally from Lucca, Italy, it was just named TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Bangalow.
Order the tiramisu. And tell them I sent you :)
* Bangalow is a fifteen-minute drive into the hills from Byron Bay. It’s exceedingly cute with great shops but, hey, I’m all kinds of bias ;)
** Shanti is our local eclectic dresser and OOTD = outfit of the day. It’s fashion darling.
(02) 6687 2247
breakfast + lunch: 8 am – 2:30 pm
dinner: 5:30 – 9 pm
+ wood fired pizza
+ indoor / outdoor seating
+ gluten-free options
+ Italian wine list
+ regional events
Words and Photography by Amber Melody | The Beautiful Lens