Capriccio is the Italian for “whimsical” or “fantastical”, and while they might be prone to *wait for it* capriciousness in their choice of naming, there is nothing unreliable about their food. They do have a Leichhardted atmopshere, at least, as they stand right at the heart of Sydney’s Italian community on Norton Street. Capriccio offers osteria style dishes, with a menu filled with both the classics of the genre to new, contemporary Italian favourites discovered through years of travel and research. Book a table and head to Leichhardt for an Italian feed to remember.
Capriccio is at the centre of the Sydney Italian community, located right on the world famous stretch of restaurants that is Norton Street in Leichhardt, but they don’t settle for being another red tablecloth, red sauce joint. Their owners, Matteo Calletto and Michele Rispoli, grew up in family restaurants at either end of Italy, Michele on the Amalfi Coast and Matteo on the Ligurian Riviera – and their chef from Emilio Romagna – and thus menu fully reflects the diversity and breadth of the regional cuisines available in Italy. Take a trip to Capriccio Osteria on Norton Street for a taste of the whole country. When you arrive at Norton Street in Leichhardt, you can get into the Italian spirit straight away – get into the Italian spirits too, with a preaperitivo, should you be so inclined – with a starter. We’d go for the polepette sub, with a homemade chickpea roll, before moving onto a classic bolognese or the fish of the day. Whatever you choose to order at Capricco Osteria, you can be sure of a warm welcome from Michele and Matteo, and one of the best Italian feeds found anywhere in Sydney: reserve your table now.
Everything was so delicious! I had the gnocchi and they were like mini clouds, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Will have to go back to try others!
Consistently great service, food & ambience. A favourite in Leichardt for authentic italian fare. Love the modern decor & the focaccia is a delicious appetiser
Not your run of the mill Italian. Regional tasty entrees and mains that you don't see at other Italian restaurants. Great food, service and atmosphere.
Excellent and friendly service, great atmosphere, has a lovely balcony, a pity it can only handle 2 tables. The food can't be faulted, although some mains were a bit pricey.
Wait staff friendly and responsive when they had time, but they were dreadfully understaffed! Two waiters servicing upstairs, downstairs and the street patio is not enough. We would have stayed for a coffee after dessert and an aperitif, but the wait staff simply disappeared after dessert! They were just too busy. Cocktails were tasty, but the flavour sin the dishes were not very well balanced - the gnocchi was beautiful but the lamb it was paired with wasn’t particularly good. The squid was slightly over cooked, and there was just a bit too much chilli in the mix. Slightly less and it would’ve been delicious, and not too overpowering. Same with the pineapple served with the basil panna cotta. Maybe something slightly more subtle? Overall, a nice evening but just a few touches that would’ve improved the experience.
The atmosphere was very lively, we went on a Saturday evening and it was really busy, so much so that the waiters were run off their feet and it took some time to attract their attention to order. The menu is limited, not your mainstream Italian fare, more about share plates - what we ordered was fresh and well prepared but servings could be more generous given the high prices. The tables are very small, we were struggling for room. Service wasn't very good all in all - if I was to return I would go for the set menu, probably best option, especially on a busy night.
Whilst I felt this restaurant to be a bit small in size regarding table size etc, the food could not be faulted. One of the most authentic tasting Italian restaurants I have dined at. Every mouthful was a delight and I would recommend this Capriccio to others.
Fantastic local gem run by lovely Italians with fresh yummy produce. Great Italian wines aswell. And doesn't break the bank. Highly recommended and try the figs and the fritters misto!
The food was good and staff very friendly. I think that the condition of having to spend $10 on drinks per person should have been much clearer on the 50% discount offer for March.
Nice food, a lovely ambiance and attentive staff made our Sunday afternoon delightful. I would recommend the wood fired focaccia and the stracciatella. It was delicious.