Having left work yesterday to catch a 6:45 movie at Dendy Cinemas meant not having much time to eat dinner. The wonderful thing about eating out in Newtown is that you have so many options when needing a quick, cheap but delicious meal. The Italian Bowl was close to the theatre, has great tasting pasta and costs south of $15.
My pick for a pre-movie dinner was this Linguini Siciliana. Olives, eggplant and ricotta in a very tasty napolitana sauce.
This little restaurant is nestled next to Newtown Bakery which is next to “The Pleasure Chest”. Coincidence perhaps? Or is this adult shop just really good at spotting prime real estate? There’s a large Commonwealth Bank building across the road in case you happen to need a bigger, stand out point of reference.
The Italian Bowl is only a few doors away from Newtown Dendy Cinema but taking away is also a good option if there’s no seating available. We did consider standing outside and eating our pasta but luckily a few patrons finished their food and left just in time so we could inside.
With so much foot-traffic on King Street, many restaurants here have an open layout. The Italian Bowl has a layout that lets you quickly scan inside to see if there are seats before you decide to go somewhere else or get takeaway. The cooking area runs across the whole left-side of the restaurant which means you can watch your dinner being prepared and be astounded at how quickly they can make it for you. It is a very noisy place that can be full of boisterous uni students and possibly inebriated adults, so it’s probably not the best place for a romantic date. Although, it is a good place to do some people-watching. There’s a lot of natural light and the smell of the food cooking is mouth-wateringly good.
What I really like about The Italian Bowl is how the owners incorporated what was popular in Newtown that all the Thai restaurants around were already doing. That is making really good food, really quickly and at an affordable price for the locals. It would’ve been so easy for them to go with the cozy, romantic and dark interior that I’ve seen many other Italian restaurants have. But that would’ve been just another failed business in a busy, lively and constantly growing area.
The Italian Bowl
255 King Street
02 9516 0857
Open 7 Days