Logo Smeg


Norton Street Festa - one of Australia's largest street festivals


On the last Sunday in October 130,000 people attended the Norton Street Festa – the Sydney Italian community’s annual celebration of food, culture and fun.  Norton Street, Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner-west, more commonly known as ‘Little Italy’, was transformed into a massive street party.

The party!

A large section of Norton Street was closed off to accommodate the array of food, entertainment, craft, automotive and community exhibitors.  The Festa food offerings, pizza; gnocchi and gelato; were distinctly Italian.  The food cooked on the cooking stage was distinctly Italian too, with many of Sydney’s best Italian chefs and cooks sharing their favourite, regional Italian recipes. Smeg provided the appliances – a 90cm induction cooktop, perfect for both boiling water for pasta quickly and maintaining the low temperatures required to cook delicate sauces such as the parmigiano reggiano sauce made by Luca Ciano and two ovens: a pyrolytic oven with Thermoseal and a Smeg Foodservice refractory stone oven – ideal for breads and pizza.

The cooking stage, at the main entrance ot the Festa, attracted huge crowds throughout the day, despite the hot Sydney summer weather.

Also on the cooking stage was an eye-catching Italian flag FAB fridge

The audience delighted in recipes and tales from the wide variety of chefs and cooks on stage, including:

Celebrity chef Luca Ciano cooked a modern dish using classic ingredients from Smeg’s heartland: parmigiano reggiano and prosciutto di Parma.


Local favourite and pizzaiolo Francesco Spataro from Norton Street’s Aperitivo restaurant prepared mouth-watering pizza fritta

Reality television stars and Bondi personal trainers Luke and Scott from My Kitchen Rules cooked healthy, Italian inspired meat balls from their cookbook Clean Living

Crowd favourite Pina from Pina’s Cucina prepared eggplant fritters, a special family recipe from her region of Calabria

Silvia Colloca from Silvia’s Cucina talked about her Chitarra – a press for making ‘guitar string’ pasta from Abruzzo which featured in her spring pasta recipe with zucchini flowers

The combination of fabulous regional Italian food with fun was a fitting way to celebrate Festa with Sydney’s Italian community.

Photo credits Casa e Cucina