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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

With a decor of crisp blue and white and merry pops of prim­rose, Da Maria Bali at Petitenget, near Seminyak, feels like a trans­planted sea­side trat­to­ria from, say, the Amalfi Coast. The ef­fect is all light and bright, rather retro (dig those chairs, last seen on my par­ents’ pa­tio in the 70s) and la dolce vita. Mau­rice Terzini of Ice­bergs at Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach is be­hind the new ven­ture and, nat­u­rally, the food is Ital­ian, and the aper­i­tivi come in fash­ion­able red and orange mixes with striped straws and twists of cit­rus. Make mine a jolly Aperol spritz, per fa­vore. There’s a sit-up bar, sev­eral din­ing sa­lons sep­a­rated by open di­viders, and a rear ter­race that at­tracts the party crowd at night and on week­ends. Piz­zas are cooked Neapoli­tan style in lava-stone ovens; all are 30cm and come in about a dozen va­ri­eties. Or go for house-made pasta, crispy-skinned fish of the day or wood-roasted sar­dines on br­uschetta with tomato and basil. There are bam­bini por­tions for ju­nior style-set­ters, which is a lovely touch, and to fin­ish, per­haps fresh wa­ter­melon served over crushed ice with Cam­pari, lime sher­bet and chilli salt? Per­fetto. Next time I might ar­rive on a Vespa, Sophia Lorenin­spired head­scarf tied just so. More: damari­a­bali.com.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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