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A Little Piece Of Italy

Stefano Manfredi describes Balla as the most Italian restaurant he has ever done. Balla is a modern interpretation of traditional Italian cuisine featuring a wood-fired grill in the kitchen and one of Sydney's best harbour views. The restaurant reflects Stefano's dedication to delivering truly authentic cuisine.

Latest News

Good Food Guide 2016
Balla retains its One Chef Hat for The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2016.
We're open Sunday, 4 October 5:30pm - 9:30pm for the October long weekend.

Current Specials & What's On

Check out Balla's menus, current offers and specials.

A La Carte Menu | Lunch Menu | Dessert Menu | Pre-theatre menu | Balla Bar Menu
*Menu items are subject to availability.​​

Find out more about our Free Self-parking Lunch Offer.

  • ​Tuesday 3 November 1-4pm

    Four-Course Menu $135pp

    You’re odds-on to have a great day when you kick off with rock oysters and Italian bubbly. Kick back and let Stefano Manfredi delight you with a superb four-course menu.


    To book please call 1800 700 700.

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  • ​Tuesday to Friday

    Throughout October 12-2pm

    Balla | Two-Course Lunch $38

    Chef Stefano Manfredi serves his delicious meals right here in Sydney, with a generous helping of harbour views. Enjoy two courses including a glass of Yalumba wine or soft drink.


    Bookings 9657 9129 or 

  • ​Tuesday 13 October 6:30-10pm

    Balla | Seven-Dish Dinner $95

    ​Join us at Balla for this great event, enjoy a Tanqueray Gin ‘spritzino’ cocktail on arrival then travel down the road of delicious Italian street food and discover seven ever-so-gritty inspired dishes.


    Bookings 9657 9129 or

  • Osteria Balla Manfredi

    ​Sit down and enjoy an authentic Italian meal shared amoung friends or family at Osteria Balla Manfredi.


    Stefano Manfredi's share menu will depend on the availability of daily and seasonal produce; sample menu items include:


    - Salumi misti served with balla grissini
    - Fresh cheeses with pickled artichokes
    - Pickled seasonal vegetables and marinated olives

    – Whole corn-fed chicken, served off the bone with garlic and chilli salsa

    – Tasting plate of coffee’ brulee’ , white chocolate and beetroot mousse, tiramisu’ and sorbet


    Vegetarian options available. Menus and prices are subject to change.


  • Free Self-Parking Lunch Offer

    Until 30 October, you’ll receive free self-parking in The Star’s car park from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 3pm if you spend $50 or more in a single transaction at participating restaurants.*

    *Terms & conditions apply
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  • Private Dining at Balla

    Balla has a beautiful private dining room with spectacular harbour and city views available for functions and events. Click below for more information on holding your event at The Star.
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  • Monday to Saturday 5:30 - 7pm

    Balla Pre-show Dining

    Check out Balla's pre-theatre menu below, enjoy a delicious Italian meal before your show (available for evening sessions).​​​
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Awards for Balla

One Chef's Hat
SMH Good Food Guide 2014, 2015 & 2016
Two Glasses
Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide 2015
Three Glasses (Very Highly Recommended)
Australia's Wine List of the year Awards 2014
One Glass (Award of Excellence)
Wine spectator 2014
Two Chef's Hats
Gualt & Millau Sydney Restaurant Guide 2014


Balla's Gallery


Book your table at Balla now! If you’re looking for the best Sydney restaurants, consider The Star for a great dining experience. Balla is part of The Star's Signature Dining Restaurants.

​Balla Aperitivi Bar

With its stunning views over Sydney Harbour, Balla Aperitivi Bar is at Balla's heart.​ We welcome patrons for pre-dinner drinks or fast-tracked dining. Visit Aperitivi Bar for more details.
Balla at The Star

A delightful menu inspired by modern Italian cuisine

"Stefano Manfredi has truly influenced the way we eat since opening The Restaurant Manfredi in 1983."

Balla is a reflection of a true Italian Osteria. Stefano Manfredi's menu is generous, yet focused, from its range of antipasti and pasta right through to the wide selection of seafood, meat and vegetables cooked over the 100 year old seasoned Ironbark wood-fired grill.


Stefano Manfredi

Stefano Manfredi has influenced the way we eat since first opening The Restaurant Manfredi in 1983 (Three Chefs Hats - 1995). Since then, Manfredi has owned and operated several restaurants in Sydney, most notably the award winning Restaurant Manfredi (1983-1996) and Bel Mondo (1996-2002).

In 2007, Stefano took the helm at Manfredi at Bells (One Chefs Hat – 2008 to present; Good Living Sustainability Award; Best Regional Wine List - 2012 SMH Good Food Guide Awards). Here he has overseen the planting of 500 square meters of gardens, supplying the restaurant with approximately 15% of its produce.

Stefano also currently writes a weekly food column for the Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum supplement and is a passionate advocate for local, sustainable and seasonal produce.


Gabriele Taddeucci

Head Chef

Gabriele Taddeucci is Balla’s Head Chef. After a stint working at Sydney’s Hotel Westin in 2004/2005, Taddeucci moved in 2008 to work alongside chef Massimo Bianchi to open Uccello at Merivale’s Ivy. Most recently, he was Head Chef at Merivale’s The Beresford. Taddeucci started his career as a pizza hand in his home city of Lucca back in 1994. His work as a chef has taken him from Italy to France, Switzerland, the US, UK and Australia.

Luca Carichini

Restaurant Manager

Balla’s new Restaurant Manager, Luca Carichini, most recently worked closely with Stefano as Restaurant Supervisor at Manfredi at Bells. Carichini has had a long history in hospitality in both Italy and the UK.

When he travelled to Australia in 2007, he did so to become the Restaurant Manager of North Bondi Italian. Carichini made his move to Australia permanent and has been working with the Manfredi family at Bells since that time.

Stefano Manfredi




Level G, Harbourside,
The Star,
80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009


Tue - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm

Mon - Fri 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Sat 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Sun Closed
Open Sunday 4 Sept 5:30pm - 9:30pm

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