La Favola

4.5
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$40 and under
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Italian

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Favola is a purveyor of fine Italian pasta from Chef Fabio Stefanelli.
What 77 People Are Saying
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4.2
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JoannaL
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious pasta, price was reasonable. The shop is really small so expect to bump into people and tables. Friendly staff.

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DaveTfood
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good specials and nice food. Great place for social dinner for two and groups.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fantastic but we were seated up the back near the kitchen and it was very off putting to see baby cockroaches climbing the walls throughout our meal.

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KaiaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Favola a small space serving fantastic dishes, three of us needed to be fed and out in a hour as we were attending a show. No problem, we enjoyed a shared entree of the Caprese mozzarella, three different pasta dishes, the special pasta of the day being a zucchini puree seafood gnocchi it hit all the right notes light and tasty, we also shared the main special fish, enjoyed with a fantastic bottle of the Rockford Latitude chardonnay. Only thing to be aware of the seating is stool type of chairs, I am guessing this allows the space for more people to get a reservation.

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ShazW
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Tasty everything. Really enjoyed our bread and pasta. Service was good, but a little fast. Would have stayed longer and spent more money if everything wasn’t so rushed!

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Oliver
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I’m never one to eat pasta outside the house however this place is an exception. Great fresh pasta which is different to most other places. The staff were amazing and lively as we were able to talk to them and get amazing recommendations on all things italian at the restaurant as well as around Sydney.

The quality of everything is amazing however I won’t lie,I was surprised with the bill at the end of the night. Although you pay for what you get I guess which in this case wasn’t a bad thing!☺️

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stepheng
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food, reasonable wine, although very loud and busy.

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DanniM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant!
In twrns of noise its part of the experience being intimate and bustling and having part of the kitchen in full view.
Definately recommend for simple yet stunning food and the staff are beautiful

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LouiseB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I was really excited as it had such great reviews. But then we arrived at the restaurant and it has tiny tables and small uncomfortable metal stools. There were 4 of us and seating was cosy to say the least. Then our entrees arrived and they were fantastic! But then it took almost 45 minutes for our mains to arrive, after we’d finished our entree’s, even though we all ordered pasta ( the only main choice there is except for special of the day) 2 of us had the lobster pasta special which was good, not great but pretty good, but the other two pasta dishes were not good, pasta hard ( not Al dente but hard as if over cooked then dried out or something weird) and mine was the Italian sausage, broccoli, garlic white wine etc - problem was the broccoli was mushy and really over cooked.
It was a shame as the service was good and very flexible re which pasta you could have with the special ( it came with gnocchi but they allowed my husband to have fettuccine with it instead).

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Carbonara I have ever had!

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KATHRYNF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food & service.
The only negative would be that they pack to many tables into the venue so you feel very cramped.

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KarenM
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had lunch. Delicious, fresh, clean food. Good value.
Would have liked another vegetarian option but there were enough to choose from.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing degustation dinner with the Italian sales consultant for the Tuscan winery also in attendance.

Fabulous food and service always.
Always coming back

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StevenT
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

It was a 4 Courses $69 ($89 with wine pairing) degustation. We watched the wine being served out like it was Louis Roederer Cristal! My friend said it was a wonder they didn't use an eyedropper. So here we are having a degustation in the middle of all the cheap and cheerful having a bowl of cheap pasta! We thought the entire restaurant would be put aside degustation diners for the evening. Food was ordinary at best. Risotto was bland with pureed asparagus. I use pieces of asparagus in my risotto for more flavour and texture. I'm guessing asparagus is expensive at the moment? Cured kingfish was far too firm as if the curing process had been over extended. My salmon was overcooked and dry - I hate overcooked salmon as I only cook it rare. I informed the waitress of this fact, but received no feedback. The oxtail ravioli contained mozzarella (not mentioned on the menu) which, when combined with the butter & sage sauce, made the dish far too rich. A mistake was made with the desserts, so we had to remain amongst the "fast fooders" longer than anticipated. We only went because we went on Christmas Day for a degustation and it was excellent, but on the basis of this experience I don't think that we will be back again!

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HamishH
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food served with great Newtown vibe. Excellent experience all round.

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AnaF
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We were on friday night for dinner, it was great! The pasta is amazing and Marco was great with his wine suggestion and service!
The desserts were awesome as well!
We’ll come back !

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ErinF
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

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

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AnnM
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.

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JosephF
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.

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AngelaS
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!!!

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charlieb
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!!!

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Freddie
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service staff were fantastic and extremely helpful.

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RahulR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and food is on point, will return again

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WilliamV
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✔️

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Phil
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.

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EmilyM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

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

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Elise
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!

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LisaG
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

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JamieR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AndrewCC
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!

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CjDonovan
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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StefaniaC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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RosalieGordon
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.

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Probably my favourite Italian restaurant in the world

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KrissyL
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

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good service. Delicious food. Definitely will be returning!

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ChrisH
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!

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Daniel
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!

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LaurenS
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..

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DavidS
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..

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La Favola does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

La Favola is rated 4.5 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

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