Sapore Della Vigna, Leichhardt

Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $15
Main: $20 – $30
Dessert: $10.90 – $12.90
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $2.5 p/p
Cakeage: $10

Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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It has been a while since I have been to the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, usually I would go to restaurants located on Norton Street such as Portofino. Turn out it was a treasure find. It was a Friday night and we managed to find a parking spot in less than 5 minutes! There is a two level parking underneath the Forum which you can enjoy a 2 hours free parking.

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Sapore Della Vigna has been there for over 12 years, family owned by Kathy and her husband. The place has been renovated and extended ever since taken over by Kathy. Its vast space can not only accommodate large bookings but also small groups for all occasions such as birthday party, engagement, business parties with seating inside or outside.
We were greeted and welcomed by the friendly staff and were asked where we would like to seat. I choose inside as it was quite a chill night and love the idea of sitting under the heaters.

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Staff kindly change our wine to soft drinks

The Food Mornings voucher entitles us a mixed pasta platter for two which includes choice of 3 pasta dishes ($3.30 extra for each seafood pasta dish, exclude risotto and lasagne) and a bottle of wine. The menu has a vast range of selections from entree, pasta, salads and sides and as a result, we couldn’t make up our mind. The friendly staff came over and gave us some recommendation which end up it was my favourite. We opted for Penne Al Pollo – Pan fried chicken, sun-dried tomato & pine nuts in a napolitana and cream sauce $21.90, Linguini Marinara – Pasta with a selection of fresh local seafood cooked in a tomato, garlic, and white wine sauce $24.90, Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli – with a pesto cream sauce & topped with pine nuts $18.90 (staff’s recommendation). 

An Italian dinner is not complete without some nice Bruschetta. We order one of those as a starter. It was so delicious and top with huge amount of fresh tomato, basil, garlic and a sweet vinaigrette dressing. What I love the most was the bread is toasted and warm when it was served.


Brushetta with tomato and basil – 2 per serve, $7.90

When the pasta arrived it’s presented on a silver platter with three generous serving of each pasta that we ordered. At first we dived into the vegetarian pasta which was packed with heaps of flavour and heaps of creamy sauce. (I was thinking a vegetarian pasta must be bland and tasteless but I am so wrong!) There was blended spinach and herbs piece inside the sauce and the ravioli was cooked perfectly. Secondly, I tried the chicken penne. Chicken meat was moist and tender and the pine nut was crunchy and paired well with the sauce. Lastly, we tasted the Linguini Marinara. I was feeling full already at this point of the meal but still polished half of the Linguini in my stomach. The seafood was fresh and the sauce is delicious.

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From left to right : Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli – with a pesto cream sauce & topped with pine nuts $18.90, Linguini Marinara – Pasta with a selection of fresh local seafood cooked in a tomato, garlic, and white wine sauce $24.90,Penne Al Pollo – Pan fried chicken, sun-dried tomato & pine nuts in a napolitana and cream sauce $21.90,

Conclusion: I had a pleasant dining experience in Sapore. The atmosphere was buzzing, love to see people, talking and laughing, and that’s exactly what Sapore offers. It is a great place to meet up with friends or for a family gathering. Highly recommended!! Check out here for a great deal from . This Mixed Pasta Platter for Two deal is on sale from 27/6 to 2/7 for a limited time.


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The Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt
opening hrs: Mon – Thur: 10:00 to 23:00, Fri: 10:00 to midnight, Sat – Sun: 8:00 to midnight

Getting There:

Parking: Forum underground parking. Entrance on Norton St 
By train: No Train station near by

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. betty
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 03:23:51

    oh i have been here once! i did like the food 🙂


  2. Gaby
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 04:01:13

    Thanks for the info. With so many Italian places in that area it’s always hard to choose.


  3. Miss Piggy
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 07:08:42

    Looks like a mountain of yummy pasta – you could run a marathon after that meal. I ‘think’ I may have eaten here before…can’t quite remember though.


  4. Sugarpuffi
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 13:01:48

    such a generous serving of brushetta! the tomatoes looks like its gonna fall off!


  5. cookingcrusade
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 02:06:21

    i love the creamy green colour of the pesto cream sauce and the bruschetta looks soo good!


  6. Vivian - vxdollface
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 11:51:02

    my fav place to eat inside the italian forum! 🙂 the staff are always so friendly! mm pesto cream sauce with pine nuts ❤


  7. eatmarvin
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 22:25:35

    Hi Wendy! Nice new look on Obesebaby! The Bruschetta looks yummy. I might give them a try this weekend. 🙂


  8. Kevin
    Jul 09, 2011 @ 18:56:03

    Agree with eatmarvin, bruschetta’s look delicious!


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