A typical Italian Christmas generally involves being greeted by kisses on either cheek, never declining the offer of more food and filling up on biscotti while you cheerfully sing along to Italian Christmas carols.
Natale is one of Italy’s most treasured holidays, with line-ups of traditional meat-based dishes, antipasto spreads and mains of pasta, pizza and pretty much anything carb related. At The Italian, we strive to be one Sydney’s most authentic Italian restaurants, dedicating ourselves to recreating the essence of true, Italian culture. With warm, welcoming hospitality and traditional, nourishing Italian dishes, we’ve mastered the art of the Italian Christmas festa.
Treating every special occasion like Christmas Festa at Nonna’s house, we believe the more the merrier and love nothing more than catering for large groups and big parties. Our fun-filled atmosphere, abundances of authentic Italian dishes and love for the Italian tradition make us the best Christmas party venue yet.
Group Dining, Christmas Parties, Functions & Large Family Gatherings
Whether you’re a Christmas office party, group function, large family gathering or are want to celebrate a traditional Italian Christmas festa, come join us for lunch on weekends or from 4.30 – 9.30pm on weekdays.
We can cater for up to 100 guests standing indoors or 55 seated, and 35 seated outdoors with 25 on one long table. With so many mouths to feed, rest assured that you don’t have to do any of the work and we’ll take care of everything for you. Continuing the typical Italian tradition of sharing absolutely everything, we’ve crafted a robust selection of sharing banquets, from pizzas, pastas, salads and sides such as arancini, antipasti, dolce & gelato. No entrees or mains, just straight up authentic, Italian cibo.
Catering for groups as small as 6 to party sized functions, we’re created three delicious Shared Banquets to bring a sense of togetherness, imitating the family-dense, warm vibe at a traditional Italian Christmas feast.
Shared Feast Banquet
For civilised gatherings, we recommend our Shared Feast Banquet at just $39 per head. Kicking things off with our famous Zucchini fries and Arancini balls, you and your guests can choose form a selection of our best pastas, our best pizzas and giardino salads.
If you and your guests are in true Christmas party spirit, The Grande is for you. With a complimentary aperol spritz or non alcoholic Lychee & Rose spritz or arrival, we also offer a creaming soda or juice for the the little ones. At $44 per head you can get merry with a selection of pastas, pizzas and giardino salads after indulging in some zucchini fries and arancini.
The Full Festa
But it wouldn’t be a true feast of Natale if you didn’t go all out, would it? So why not run wild with The Full Festa, a banquet designed for hours of feasting. Receiving a complementary aperol spritz or non alcoholic Lychee & Rose spritz on arrival, we like to kick things off with our delicious zucchini fries & arancini. Choosing from a selection of pizzas, pastas and giardino salads like the options above, what separates this banquet from the others is the addition of delicious, Italian deserts. Inclusive of tiramisu, vanilla panna cotta and gelato to share, the art of over eating at Christmas is yours to master.
And the best part? All of the above banquets are half price for kiddies under 12 years.
It goes without saying that St. Nicholas didn’t mind a warm brandy or two, so in the true spirit of getting merry, we’ve thrown together some brilliantly priced drinks packages to ensure you get extra silly this festive season.
For $40 per head over a 2.5 hour duration, you can get silly with The Speakeasy package. Inclusive of Pete’s PureSparkling Prosecco Riverland, Secret garden Pinot Grigio, Flor Marche` Shiraz, Young Henry’s Lager and Willie Smiths Cider. Plus fruit juice, soft drinks and mineral water.
At $59 per person for a 3 hour duration, you’ll get Petes Pure Sparkling Riverland Prosecco, unlimited Aperol Spritz, The Sounds Sauvignon Blanc, Harvest Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills
Gemtree Gemstone Chardonnay, Domaine La Colombe Rose’, Little Black Stone Pinot Noir, Flor Marche Shiraz (red) and a choice of Young Henrys Lager, Pirate Life IPA or Moobrew Ale. Also inclusive of soft drinks, juices, mineral water
Or, you have the option of bringing your own wine for a corkage of just $10 per bottle.
And if that doesn’t give you a warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling, we also have an in-house PA system as well well as a IPod/Spotify connection so you can pump out all your classic, corny Christmas carols for no extra charge. We can also recommend cake decorators, balloon suppliers, face painters, kids entertainers & the best cannoli maker in town.
Book your feast of Natale
If you’re a large group, bookings are essential and a selection from one of the three shared feast banquets must be made. We give you the option of split billing, however the bill must be paid in full, with a credit card required to secure bookings of 20 + guests.