An interesting new retail concept has been operating in a suburb of Wollongong for the past few months, and until Michael took me there, I was not aware of this delightful outlet where you can shop for deli stuff whilst having your Italian inspired meal and coffee. The set up at Bar Lissimo reminds me more of Sydney's eastern suburbs or inner city Surry Hills or Balmain / Rozelle rather than an easy drive inland from the Wollongong beaches. Sauces, preserves, sugary items and well prepared breakfast and lunch items caught my eye. I understand that they are also open on two week nights but not for dinner on weekends, when they complete operations by 2 pm.
Both of us had the pulled pork burger, which was delicious. I particularly liked the way the pork was prepared, with a sumptuous texture and accompanied by fresh herbs and thin crusty chips. There are many items to consider in the store, replete with canteen styled wooden tables and other desks for two to four in a group. You can choose to sit on the ground floor balcony or inside. Uni is nearby, so watch out for their staff or students. Service was quick and it was crowded on the day we visited. "Lissimo" is a musical term in Italian meaning the highest.
Bar Lissimo is located at Shop 4, 174-182 Gipps Road, Gwynneville, a suburb of Wollongong nearer to the escarpment and below Mount Keira. It is part of the Masonic Building which also houses a Chinese supermarket and only a few doors away is the Gwynneville Bakery, with its nice sausage rolls.eLi