Trends in food come and go but the beauty of Cafe Bedda is its timelessness. The restaurant’s sole intention is to offer an authentic Sicilian dining experience and it does this sincerely and without fuss. The menu is written in Sicilian and part of the experience here is having the specials board translated by the friendly waiters.
Interior design is straight out of la casa dal nonna: whitewashed brick walls, ’70s lampshades and a chequerboard floor. It’s comfortable, not cutting-edge, and attracts a vibrant mix of diners of all ages. By 9pm it’s a full house and can get pretty noisy.
Bedda’s modest interior reflects its cuisine, which is unadulterated Sicilian home cooking. The foods are seasonally selected. Colourful fennel and orange salad is a freshener between carb-rich mains of cheesy gnocchi and wood-fire pizza. Italian and local wines are quaffable by the glass. Top tips: always check out the specials board and leave room for dessert.
242 High Street, Northcote
(03) 9482 9420