A taste of authentic Italy in Sydney at Don Fred

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Imagine stepping into a vibrant, bustling street in Italy, where the air is filled with the tantalising aroma of delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Now imagine experiencing this right in the heart of Sydney. Welcome to Don Fred, the newest gem on King Street in Newtown, that’s redefining the city’s culinary landscape.

Opening its doors in February 2023, Don Fred has carved out a unique niche in Sydney’s food scene, offering a 100% plant-based menu that doesn’t compromise on the classic Italian flavours we all adore. The mastermind behind this innovative concept is Lorenzo Petrachi, former Restaurant Manager of Gigi Pizzeria, who has poured his passion and expertise into creating a dining experience like no other.

As you walk into Don Fred, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight into a classic 1970s Paninoteca Bar in New York. The design choices are a nod to Petrachi’s Uncle Alfredo’s journey from Italy to New York in the early 60s, where he opened his own panino shop in the Bronx after overcoming numerous personal adversities. The burnt yellow walls, authentic Italian tiles, and brown timber tables resonate with the nostalgia of a bygone era, creating an ambience that’s both inviting and enchanting.

But Don Fred is not just about aesthetics. Quality is at the heart of everything they do. Every ingredient used is ethically sourced and as fresh as can be, ensuring that customers enjoy the best plant-based alternatives available in the market. Petrachi sources local produce and ingredients, but also stays true to his Italian roots by incorporating traditional staples like Sugo Di Pomodoro sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes.

The star of Don Fred’s plant-based menu is undoubtedly the Polpetz focaccia — a vegan take on the classic Italian meatball sub, and their best-seller for good reason. The dish features roasted Olive-Meat Balls, served with their homemade napoletana sauce, dairy-free parmesan, and basil on fresh focaccia. It’s a testament to Chef Lorenzo’s skill in transforming authentic northern Italian dishes to suit today’s climate-conscious diners.

But there’s more to Don Fred than just great food. The restaurant also embodies the warm, welcoming spirit of Italian hospitality with a selection of share plates. And what better way to enjoy a hot summer’s day with friends than with their specially made frozen negroni granita, lemon mint with gin, or orange granita with Aperol?

Don Fred is more than just a restaurant; it’s a culinary journey that takes you through the streets of Italy, right in the heart of Sydney. So, next time you’re in Newtown, step into Don Fred for an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you craving for more.

Find it at 28 King Street, Newtown, New South Wales, 2042, Sydney, Australia