Newtown Has A New Vegan Trattoria With Don Fred

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 22 November 2023

It’s Italian hospitality, the Newtown way.

Nestled in the heart of Newtown and drawing inspiration from the traditional flavours of Northern Italy, Don Fred emerges as the latest addition to Sydney’s vibrant plant-based dining sector. Created by Lorenzo Petrachi, former manager of Gigi Pizzeria, this restaurant brings the warmth of classic Italian homes to its inviting interiors while offering a 100% plant-based Italian menu.

Distinguishing itself through authenticity, Don Fred sources local ingredients from the Mediterranean sea region, ensuring a commitment to delivering the truest and most genuine flavours of Italy without compromise. Hero dishes like the ‘Polpetz Focaccia’ and ‘Fried Konjamari’ recreate the bold, robust flavours of classic Italian street food.

In a nod to the Italian principle of family, the restaurant takes its name from Lorenzo’s late uncle, Alfredo, who earned the nickname “Don Fred” after relocating to New York in the early 1960s. Since its inception, the venue has swiftly risen to prominence, captivating the taste buds of not only vegans but a broader audience.

Selection of vegan Italian menu items from Don Fred.

Lorenzo’s culinary ardor, initially inspired by his Nonna, has flourished over the years, managing restaurants across the United States, United Kingdom, and now Australia. His global experience, combined with deep-rooted values of family and food, imparts an unparalleled distinction to his cooking, offering Sydney locals a culinary experience like no other.

Presenting an array of shared plates paired with an assortment of frozen classic Italian cocktails, Don Fred’s ambience beckons patrons to indulge in an authentic Italian experience, bringing the charm of Italy to the heart of Sydney.

Don Fred is more than a plant-based haven; it’s a celebration of classic Italian comfort, where carefully curated dishes and a commitment to ethical dining unite for an unforgettable experience. So, step into Don Fred and savour the fusion of classic Italian delights with a plant-based twist. Ciao, Don Fred!