With its rich Italian heritage, Sydney’s Leichhardt is often referred to as Little Italy. Well-respected in this community is At Fernando’s, a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant run by Fernando Riggio, his son and two daughters. And guests are treated like family, too, and are taken care of thanks to the staff’s commitment to providing typical, friendly Italian hospitality. Located on Norton Street, just down the road from shopping paradise Norton Plaza, At Fernando’s is an esteemed hotspot in the local community.
Open every day of the week except for Monday, the folks behind At Fernando’s on Leichhardt’s Norton Street played a pivotal role in the introduction of Italian cuisine to Sydney. Legend has it that the owners descend from a family of talented chefs who brought their expertise to the western part of the city. And it’s more than just a successful restaurant – At Fernando’s is an ideal venue for corporate events, wedding receptions, birthday parties, christenings, and beyond. If you can dream it, chances are At Fernando’s can help you realize it with their spacious premises and abundance of catering options.
At Fernando’s offers traditional Italian cuisine the way it should be: fresh, flavourful, simple, and affordable. Foodies on a budget rave about At Fernando’s ten-dollar pasta deal. Available from Sunday to Thursday for dinner, the deal allows for guests to choose from thirteen delectable pasta dishes – think spaghetti and meatballs, penne chicken and gnocchi pesto – all for just ten bucks. Ask your server about the fish of the day and prepare to to enjoy some of the city’s freshest seafood, or take any of At Fernando’s amazing pizzas to-go for a movie night at home. Sound good? Make a reservation and come in to At Fernando’s in Sydney’s Leichhardt to have a traditional Italian culinary experience without breaking the piggy bank.
I had a birthday voucher and was treated like a special customer. I also have some food intolerances and every effort was made to accommodate my intolerances. There were four of us and we all enjoyed our food and the service.
Second time there a lovely experience both times and Quite a surprise as to how large and welcoming and cosy..We were celebrating my wife Sue's 70th Birthday our four guests loved it...Thanks David and Sue
Friendly service and tasty food that hit the spot on a cold night. Everybody at the table were happy with their meal and the price.
We booked for 6pm on a Friday evening. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. After we ordered there was a steady stream of Italian people which clearly showed this place must be good. Pizza was great, the base is really good. Asparagus ravioli also excellent. The vegetarian risotto sauce was a bit salty but the ingredients were fine.
We went to At Fernando's for a special occasion dinner, and were impressed by their willingness to let us bring our own cake, which they not only kept for us but brought out with three wait staff to sing Happy Birthday. Very high marks for pleasant and accommodating service. Food was good (spatchcock, pizza, ravioli and linguine) and choice was reasonable. I would probably rate 4.5 if it was an option - the negatives were: service efficiency didn't quite match its pleasant attitude (we had to struggle a bit to get our bill); main courses came with very little except the featured food (that is, no starch or vegetables accompanied my very tasty spatchcock), so meal wasn't quite filling enough. Pasta serving sizes were perhaps a bit small. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable evening, and the minor gaps in service can easily be overcome.
I love the food and your prices give value-for-money. You are my nearest local Italian restaurant and I've now been coming to you several times a year for the past 4 years since I moved to Leichhardt, I've brought neighbours, friends and relatives to join me for celebrations and just because we wanted Italian. And, although the food is wonderful, there is one big BUT.... and the reason why I cannot give you a higher mark. The Service is very poor. On absolutely every visit I, or one of my party, have had to get up from the table, approach a member of the serving staff and ask for something - more drinks, the dessert menu, a clean napkin or something. Staff are always polite and helpful when they are AT the table, but getting them to be proactive and COME to the table seems to be impossible. I haven't given up yet with the staff but am beginning to think I need to find another 'local Italian'.
If you don't mind the rather slow (although very friendly) service there's no better place for a relaxing dinner than At Fernando's. It's almost like having a meal in someone's home: no fussy menus just down to earth honest Italian staples (a good selection) cooked to perfection in generous proportions. It's worth the 12 minute wait as stated on the menu for the chocolate pudding! Love it.
We have only just started using Quandoo to make restaurant bookings but have been to At Fernandos many times and will no doubt be there often in the future. The range of dishes on the Italian menu offers as much choice as you need and the food is perfectly prepared and presented (the veg side dish at no extra cost). Started with a bowl of olives - simple but just great. The husband and wife wait team were happy and attentive and the manager takes a personal interest in his guests. If you've been to the movies just across the road then you also get a pretty good discount.
Staff were incredibly accommodating and polite but the restaurant wasn't that busy and it appeared understaffed. I am afraid that I would not rate the food as being great, especially in a location where Italian food can and is so good. At Fernando's was a little less expensive than most in Leichhardt, where it seems that getting a pasta dish under $30 these day is a bargain. There were some decent entry level wines on their list I have to say. I really wanted this to be a gem. A decently priced, good quality Italian we would frequent often, but sadly not.
It was an unforgetable experience. Last Sunday was my birthday and I booked a table for 5 people. As I was celebrating my bday with my husband and few friends, the waiter offered us a bottle of house wine and also my main meal for free. I was definitely spoiled that night. Food was very tasty and the service was great. My big thanks for the Brazilian staff (forgot his name) for who was looking after us that night! Ah, I could not forget to metion at the end of our night the free shots of homemade limoncello!!!