It’s been a while since I’ve been to Leichhardt… and there was no better way to spend Saturday night than with a few girlfriends and some tasty pastas and grills. Parking was a breeze inside the Italian Forum carpark, which was $12 flat rate for entry after 6pm.

Italian Forum carpark - Jennifer, Rennae, Jodie, Sumali, Alicia, Sarah

Me, Rennae, Jodie, Sumali, Alicia and Sarah (next to Jodie’s car). Eugenia left early, so unfortunately, she’s not in this pic.
The Italian Forum was packed with groups of families, friends and couples. It was a cheery atmosphere filled with loud conversations and laughter. The service was flirtatious but efficient.

Italian Forum, Leichardt: Cafe La Vigna -  Bruschetta

Bruschetta of tomato and basil, $6.90

Italian Forum, Leichardt: Cafe La Vigna -  Penne La Prawns

Penne Alla Prawns: red pesto, white wine & garlic basil cream, a touch of chilli & mixed with olives. $16.90
I had the Linguine with Balmain Bugs… which was flawlessly spiced with chilli and lots of cracked black pepper. I think dried pasta was used, but they were really generous with the Balmain bugs… I counted 6 halves, so 3 whole in total. They were succulent and so tender! I tasted no basil (there were shallots instead), but the olive oil & white wine tied all the ingredients in really well.

Italian Forum, Leichardt: Cafe La Vigna -  Linguini Balmain Bugs

Linguine with Balmain Bugs: pasta with balmain bugs, fresh diced tomato, white wine, garlic, basil, cooked in olive oil with a touch of chilli. $22.90

Italian Forum, Leichardt: Cafe La Vigna -  Chicken Mexciana

Chicken Gamberi Mexicana: grilled chicken breas & prawns with a spicy onion, capsicum and tomato sauce. $21.40

Italian Forum, Leichardt: Cafe La Vigna -  fettuccine with salmon

Fettucine Salmone: smoked salmon, semi-dried tomatoes in a creamy napoletana sauce. $16.90

Italian Forum, Leichardt: Cafe La Vigna -  trio di mare

Trio Di Mare: BBQ baby octopus, calamari & garlic prawns, served with salad & fries. $23.90
Cafe La Vigna also offer desserts such as cannoli, tiramisu, portuguese tarts, and more! But we left for a place more quiet…
Thanks for organising this Sumali! Hope to see you girls soon 🙂
Cafe La Vigna
Italian Forum, Shop 34
23 Norton Street Leichhardt
Phone: 9572 8599

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Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.


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