The Italian Diner

Owners Sharon Fraser, Steve Esson and Aldo Davanzo have created a delectable slice of Italy in the heart of Bangalow. Located on the site where the well-known Urban Café burnt down, The Italian Diner is one of my favourite places to eat (with and without the kids) and pop in for a quick coffee fix when I’m passing through Bangalow. It is the only corner site in town that gives you great views down Station and Byron streets, and the only place with a massive photo of Sophia Loren. That woman is stunning!

I wanted the feel to be classic and timeless – dark wood combined with white,” says Sharon, who supplanted her acclaimed  architect skills into the Diner. “Something that felt a bit more like a 50’s Italian restaurant in colour and feel without being literal about it. I was a little inspired by the film Big Night set in New York City’s Little Italy in the 1950’s. I also wanted it to be like somewhere the Sopranos would go!”

Sharon’s attention detail is impressive, with the small yet incredibly spacious site cleverly thought out with customer satisfaction clearly in mind. “I’ve designed a few restaurants as an architect and the biggest mistake people make is not thinking about acoustics. We have a timber floor not a concrete one (fits in with the dark timber theme) and an acoustic ceiling. The place would be so much noisier without that. People don’t even realise it’s there and that that is one of the reasons why they are comfortable.”

The Italian Diner makes some of the best coffee in Byron Shire, which Sharon says is the result of the right produce, passion and equipment. “We are all coffee obsessed. I cannot tell you how happy with the coffee I am,” she says. “Great baristas, a great machine. The coffee is Byron Bay’s Bun Coffee but the important thing is, it’s the espresso strong red bag. We tried all the big names and this one for us hands down was the best. We get a lot of great feedback about the coffee, and that’s incredibly important to us.”

The Diner’s pizzaiolos have lived, trained and worked in Italy while the wood fired pizza oven is the real deal. “No ‘shmizza’ pizza here – that’s pizza with curried chicken on top!” Sharon laughs. “It’s the simple authentic thin based pizza found in Italy.” And one of the best things about the extended wine list? “Everything is available by the glass, by the 500ml carafe, and by the bottle.”



Shop 2, 37-39 Byron Street
Bangalow NSW 2479
02 6687 2247

Open 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches
Open for dinner 5 nights: Wed-Sun inclusive

Opening Hours
Mon-Tues 7.30am – 2.30pm
Wed-Fri 7.30am – 2.30pm and 5.30pm until late
Sat-Sun 8.00am – 3pm and 5.30pm until late

Menu – authentic contemporary Italian cuisine made with fresh local produce sourced around Byron Shire. My food picks: truffle flavoured breakfast panini, polenta alla griglia, bistecca local tablelands Barcoo eye fillet, late afternoon campari and nibbles, homemade tiramisu
Wine list – extensive selection of Australian and European labels, fully licensed
Service – fast, friendly, attentive
Location – the best spot in Bangalow to people-watch
Ambiance – warm and welcoming, stylish and inviting

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