La Favola

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$40 and under
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Italian

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Located in the heart of Newtown, Favola is a purveyor of fine Italian pasta from Chef Fabio Stefanelli.
What 61 People Are Saying
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EF
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great food and service but the restaurant was tiny and very squishy

AM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was tasty but portions very small.The ingredients are so finally chopped its hard to recognise seafood vegs etc.
I think it is a bit overpriced for a basic pasta restaurant with small helpings.

JF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best Italian in Newtown - finally a restaurant that understands the food instead of trying to make a buck from popular dishes. Marco cared for us well - a busy kitchen with everyone pulling their weight. And very clean. A joy to watch and pleasure to eat.

AS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Favola is my go to local Italian Restaurant.
It offers a selection of authentic Italian freshly made pasta and sauces that are out of this world!!! My friend tried the gnocchi for the first time & is now a convert to the pillowy bites of potato with the 4 cheese sauce!!! Add on a starter like my go to Carpaccio & home-made focaccia every time & if you can squeeze in dessert there's the cannoli & tiramisu that never disappoints!!!
Top off the amazing food with the hospitality of the owner Fabio & the brilliant wait staff & you feel like you're visiting someone's home!!!

c
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a bucks party at la Favola. Very accommodating for a large party. Food was delicious 😋 and the limoncello was tasty!!!

F
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service staff were fantastic and extremely helpful.

RR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and food is on point, will return again

WV
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! I had the Norma and my girlfriend had the formaggio, soooo delicious 👌 The table service was outstanding and it’s very reasonably priced, I’ll be back again soon✔️

P
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 4 and the experience was absolutely awesome. The head chef fabio is a master of his craft. The meals were faultless. Flavours were amazing. We'll definitely be heading back very soon to try some other menu delights. Its a MUST.

EM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delish pasta!!!! Super busy and small but they somehow make it work! Will definitely be back

E
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & excellent service. The pasta is delicious and the serving sizes are very generous for the price. Would definitely come again!

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food is amazing, and the price is really reasonable. Way too many tables in the restaurant though, my back was literally touching he guys behind me! All that said I’ll definitely be going back

JR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal - would definitely recommend. The gnocchi are amazing.

AC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, especially the carbonara and tiramisu. And waitress Alice was the best. Grazie mille!

CD
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yum. If you need to do some quality carb loading, this is the place.

SC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta in Sydney, excellent products' quality, perfect service.

RG
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I went to Favola for the first time on Saturday night to celebrate my birthday. The food was excellent and the staff were amazing. Very professional, very friendly and gave us recommendations on what to order and what wines would match. I highly recommend Favola if you are a lover of good pasta and Italian cuisine. I'm from an Italian background and very fussy about my pasta. It was sensational. So was the antipasto and the carpaccio was also very good. The only thing I would say is that its a very small restaurant so I'd probably book as its very popular and there was a queue out the door on Saturday night.
Its also very noisy so if you're after an intimate dinner perhaps dont go on a Saturday night. Will i go again? You bet I will. Thank you for a great night.

PD
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Probably my favourite Italian restaurant in the world

KL
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat on a table next to the kitchen, as our booking didn’t seem to be present. However, the service from the chef himself was amazing and all of the other waiters/waitresses. They were completely on top of everything and the chef was super friendly, informative and fun! The food was amazing

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service. Delicious food. Definitely will be returning!

CH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice surprise, the food and service were impeccable. The baked cheese entree is a must!

D
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! The food (bruschetta and two pastas) was truly original and exceptional. Thank you to the talented chefs Michele and Luca!

LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall experience was good.
We were unhappy as we were charged $16 for a shot of frangellico we didn’t have. Only realised when we got home and it was too far to go back.

Also vegan option pasta was more expensive than regular pasta, not great value for money..

DS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food... we had baked eggplant parmigiana and Broccoli sausage pasta which was perfectly cooked.... great staff, great atmosphere..

c
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best Italian we’ve had ! The service from time to time can be a little lacking but generally great. The food is phenomenal and the tiramisu is incredible. Be sure to try the Crema limoncello also.

MR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Excellent service of just average food.
Very overpriced for simple food that is nothing special. Very disappointed.

L
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Had high hopes but my pasta was overcooked and the sauce lacked flavour and needed seasoning. A very crowded space so consistently being bumped by other patrons and staff.

F
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great fresh, vibrant food.. Slightly small and can get packed but good atmosphere.

FP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered this place in November 2018, and it’s been a regular haunt ever since. The food is wonderful, the selection of wines excellent (small range, but a perfect combination of quality Italian and Australian labels). Service is lively and helpful. No pressure to leave quickly, which is very welcome given the size of the place and its popularity. The booking system on-line is a dream — easy to use, and precise and quick. Highly, highly recommended — interstate visitors I’ve introduced to this gem of a restaurant have made a beeline back to it each time they visit!

SD
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious genuine Italian food. The pasta alla Norma was perfect!

RC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. Best to go after 8 so you aren’t rushed.

R
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I really loved the food and the service here. Definitely not a place to have a relaxed dinner on a Saturday night as it was buzzing and very cramped for space. Definitely ideal for a lazy lunch when not in peak trading times. Would highly recommend the food, just choose your times accordingly.

R
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ate at La Favola before going to Dendy. The pasta was absolutely excellent- could have been in Italy. Super-efficient service, but no sense we were being rushed away. Will definitely return.

JM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Disappointing. Dishes were bland and lacked flavour and seasoning. Would not return.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food - simple & delicious

HA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food exceptional as usual can never fault it. Staff always fabulous also everytime

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food portion is generous, from entree to main to dessert, it all taste so authentic and beautiful, would love to go back again!

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It would have been nice for the waiter to let us know that ordering the special pasta with the maron was extra, therefore it wasn't a nice surprise to have to pay and extra $10 on top of a $29 special when all the other pasta dishes on the menu were less expensive. Overall, I found the pasta to be average/overrated after hearing so much about the place. I was a little dissapointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous authentic Italian - amongst the best in Sydney!

NC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance is ALWAYS perfect - we highly recommend to all our friends!