For authentic Italian eating in Willoughby you really can’t do better than La Botte Da Ercole. Evoking Italian charm in everything from decor to service to food, this family-run institution has been on Willoughby Road since 1982, during which time it has attracted a loyal following not only from locals but from returning diners dotted around Sydney. From pizzas and pastas to prawns and panna cotta, La Botte Da Ercole has all you would hope for from a genuine Italian eatery, done the traditional way and served generously.
Make the most of La Botte’s superb special nights: Spaghetti Night each Wednesday, Pizza and Beer Special on Tuesdays, and a Degustation Night once every three months! The next one is on Monday July 25th and the theme is ‘Christmas in July.’ The degustation dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the price is $85 including wine. Book now!
It’s certainly no secret, because this family-run restaurant has been in business in Willoughby for over 30 years, but La Botte Da Ercole is among the old guard of true blue Italian eateries. Ercole Perego has over 50 years professional restaurant experience and with his daughter Teresa and son-in-law Shipon he maintains a passion for the food, techniques and recipes passed through his family across generations. There is an authentic air about La Botte Da Ercole on Willoughby Road that can’t be manufactured, and one becoming harder and harder to find across Sydney. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, with families and groups often celebrating a special occasion the Italian way – long, leisurely dinners with lots of laughter and plentiful wine.
Employing time-tested traditions and family recipes, La Botte Da Ercole can claim to have some of the tastiest and most wholesome pasta dishes in Sydney. You can taste the time and love behind such dishes as the pappardelle lamb ragu or veal tortellini cooked with mushrooms, shallots and nutmeg. La Botte Da Ercole’s super satisfying pastas and pizzas can be made gluten free so nobody has to miss out. This ain’t merely a Willoughby pasta and pizza joint though, and the Perego family roll out a delicious spread of Italian salads, fresh breads, meaty mains, seafood specialties and some irresistible desserts, so you can safely settle in for the long haul knowing you’re in safe hands.
This is a great restaurant. It has maintained a high standard over many years. It has attentive staff and offers good, reliable food with a nice Italian ambiance
Always good. I will continue to visit this place. Love the Italian vibe. Food and service up to usual standard and reasonable value. See you
Local Italian serving true specialties in willoughby. We have often walked past, and wondered how a local serving pizzas has transformed into a busy restaurant. Now I know, it's because if you want quality but not fancy Italian food, they have it here.
Great local Italian in Willoughby with authentic Italian flavours and reasonable prices. Very popular with locals so book before you dine. We will happily return and highly recommend!
Disappointing...the food was OK, the service average and the restaurant mediocre. Our table was behind the front door, the waiter spilled water all over the table, and we had to ask twice to be told what the blackboard specials were. I honestly don't see why people go here when there are plenty of good Italian restaurants within a 5km radius.
Very good food although it took a very long time to be served. We also had someone smoking out the front which wasn't very nice.