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A little piece of Italy

Stefano Manfredi returns to the Sydney dining scene with Balla and what he describes as the most Italian restaurant he has ever done.

Balla is a modern interpretation of traditional Italian cuisine with Sydney's best view.

The addition of a wood-fired grill to Stefano's Italian kitchen reflects his dedication to delivering truly authentic cuisine.

We welcome guests into the Balla Aperitivi Bar for pre-dinner drinks or fast-tracked dining. With its stunning views over Sydney Harbour, the bar is at Balla's heart.​

Balla is part of The Star's Signature Dining Restaurants


Awards for Balla

One Chef's Hat - SMH Good Food Guide 2014 & 2015
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

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  • Mother's Day Lunch Special at Balla

    4-course Menu: $115pp including a glass of sparkling on arrival

    ANTIPASTI - to share
    Wood grilled scampi with shaved autumn vegetables and citrus oil
    Roasted quail roll with radicchio, figs and balsamic

    PASTA – to share
    Squid ink risotto with scarlet prawns
    Potato gnocchi with pork shoulder ragu’

    MAINS – to share
    Australian toothfish with cauliflower purée, Brussels sprouts, burnt onion
    Veal fillet wrapped in prosciutto and sage with sautéed mushrooms

    DOLCE – set
    Chocolate tart with chestnuts custard

    Booking via guest services on 1800 700 700.
  • Tuesday to Friday 12-2:30pm 

    Balla Fancy a quickie

    ​Enjoy an amazing express one-course lunch from just $19.
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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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  • 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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    Become an Absolute Rewards member and enjoy up to 30% off our selected Signature Restaurants and Hotels. With 30% off for Black members, 20% off for Pearl and 10% off for Red+ members. Click below for more details. And remember it's free to sign up!
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  • Offer ends 30 April 2015

    Free Parking is on the Menu

    ​Spend $100* or more at BLACK by ezard, Balla or Sokyo to receive free parking. Validate your parking ticket when settling the bill.

    *Subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Spend on cash, credit or debit card. Available for 1 car only per total spend over $100.

  • ​Tuesday 5 May

    Regional Dinner Series - Lombardy

    Guest chef Alessandro Pavoni and Stefano Manfredi come together in the Balla kitchen to celebrate the region of their birthplace, Lombardy. Lombardy is agriculturally rich due to the influence of bordering Austrian mountains and the surrounding vast European plains.  


    4-course regionally inspired menu for $95pp. Guests take home a recipe for the main dish of the night.

    Booking essential, for reservations please call Guest Services on 1800 700 700.

Balla at The Star

A delightful menu inspired by modern Italian cuisine ​

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.

Lunch Menu (incl. express Lunch 1, 2 or 3-course lunch special)
Dessert Menu
Pre-theatre menu
Balla Bar Menu
*Menu items are subject to availability.​

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


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


Lunch: Tue-Fri 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Fri 5:30pm-9:30pm
Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday Closed

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