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Gourmet pizza such as Piena – tomato, fior di latte, ham, salami and Italian sausage.

About La Panchina

Enjoy good food with family and friends at La Panchina on Bourke Street in leafy Surry Hills. This Sydney Italian ristorante oozes a cosy, relaxed ambience indoors, while the alfresco area joins Arthur Street Reserve, allowing the kids to eat and play while parents relax at their table with an ice-cold glass of vino. Serving wood-fired pizza made with the best ingredients, say ciao to starters of bresaola, rucola, shaved Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt; before picking up a slice of Gamberi, topped with prawns, tomatoes, rocket and fior di latte, on a tomato base. Devour pizza bianche such as Norcina – fior di latte, Italian sausage, mushrooms and truffle paste; finishing with a divine dolci of traditional tiramisu, or gelato flavours like chocolate, pistachio and hazelnut.

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A few words from La Panchina

If you're into authentic Italian pizza like we are, let's be friends!

At La Panchina, in leafy Surry Hills, we serve amazing wood-fired pizza using only the best ingredients... think Italian cheeses like burrata, bufala mozzarella, gorgonzola, provolone and pecorino - and Italian meats like prosciutto, bresaola, porchetta, mortadella and sausage. For Italian trained pizzaiolo and owner, Luca Mochi, it has to be the real deal. This goes for gluten-free too, where we use only the finest locally made gluten-free bases.

To accompany our pizzas, we serve super fresh salads like caprese, burata, rucolina and Italian drink classics such as chinotto, limonata, aranciata, aranciata rossa, L'aqua Panna and more. Our gelato is expertly made in Sydney by the master gelato maker at The Art of Gelato by Michelangelo and our house-made tiramisu uses Nonna's secret recipe. Really. (It's Luca's mum's recipe).

At La Panchina, it's all about enjoying good food with family, friends in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. BYO drinks, kids and dogs - our outdoor dining area joins Arthur Street Reserve, just off Bourke Street, so the kids can eat and play while the parents and dogs relax at their tables. This unique position makes La Panchina an inner-Sydney favourite for birthday parties of all ages, team work functions and big family get-togethers. We're happy to work with you on menus, hours, and seating to make sure your event is a memorable one.

Here's what some of our customers say:

"We enjoyed this "hidden gem" in Surry Hills. It's located on a quiet side street with intimate seating which only adds to the experience. It is absolutely true that the owner Luca greats you when you walk in and if you're lucky he might join you for an after dinner drink to chat as well. The pizza is amazing and although it's hard to claim the "best" pizza status, I would be challenged to find a better pizza than the ones at La Panchina. I highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone." Levi Wolff

"Best Pizza in the area with new specials every week. Gluten-free pizzas are one of the best I've ever had. Staff are excellent." Alasdair Holland

"The best pizza I've had in Sydney - possibly anywhere. Just delicious. BYO wine so total cost is very reasonable. They were very accommodating of our pram too." Louisa Carey

"Great little Italian pizza joint! BYOB with a small park right next door for the kids to enjoy while you enjoy!" Paul Grant

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Location & Map

Shop 3/496 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 2010 NSW - See Map

Features & Facilities

Payments Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Eftpos

Seats: 16   Chef: Luca Mochi  


Opening Hours

Mon  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Tue  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Wed  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Thu  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Fri  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Sat  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Sun  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM

Groups & Functions

Talk to us about your event needs. We take private bookings for parties for all ages, team work functions and big family get-togethers. We will work with you on menus, hours and seating to ensure your event is a memorable one.

  • Up to 50 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Christmas Party
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Buffets
  • Canapes
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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