“Our mother was born in Naples and has been the greatest influence on the food we eat and cook. She taught us that great tasting Italian food needs to be semplice (simple) and only made with the freshest ingredients.
Our father was a passionate farmer back in Sicily. Growing up we had a constant source of fresh produce from his backyard garden including roma tomatoes, rocket, eggplant, basil, chillies, figs and olives. He taught us that a life celebrated with a passione (passion) is a life enjoyed. Our aim is to share our passion for authentic home-style Italian food and coffee.”
In 2004 we left our senior corporate careers to open the first Bertoni Casalinga in Balmain. The opening day brought thousands of excited visitors who relished in the food and family atmosphere, and within months the Sydney coffee crowd were regulars.
Sydney Morning Herald Good Food
Guide awarded us Best Café, Delicious magazine gave us the same accolade for 3 years in a row. Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Dining, Daily Telegraph and all the other major publications showed their full support for our new family business.
Our first cookbook I only eat Bertoni enjoyed great success, and not only contains the most popular dishes served at Bertoni, but also old family recipes that have been used for generations. Its more than just a cookbook, I only eat bertoni also shares some real stories about our life growing up in Sydney. We are proud to have this book as a legacy to our father who was the backbone of our family for 84 years.
Our food is prepared fresh every day by our talented chefs (and occasionally still Mamma Maria). We have our staple menu of classic italian dishes amidst a rotation of other current and in-season creations.
Our coffee has been sourced directly from the growers and is roasted and exclusively
blended for a rich, robust and full flavour. We don’t charge extra for doubles, decaf, soys or babycinos. We make your coffee the way you like to drink it.
We sell a range of our own pantry staples such as Olio Verde and our Sugo del Giardino, made with a recipe that’s been in our family for generations.
We are Bertoni. Benvenuto.