Fernando’s is one of those old-school Italian restaurants, one that’s been family-run since its inception, and that uses recipes handed down through generations of family. Only using fresh ingredients picked up at the market daily, Fernando’s prides itself on its rustic and regional Italian menu, as well as its warm, relaxed service. Think along the lines of hanging out at a friend’s place for dinner, if your friend was a really, really, really good cook. As far as function venues are concerned, Fernando’s has a few different options to choose from. Firstly, the main dining room takes reservations for large groups wanting to catch up over dinner. Larger groups though (up to 100), can utilise Fernando’s upstairs function space, with a private bar, fireplace and deck. There’s an outdoor courtyard also, makes for a pleasing function venue, especially on warm nights. The courtyard comfortably houses up to 60 guests. Fernando’s is located on Norton Street, in Leichhardt. There isn’t much in the way of public transport around, although Petersham station is about a fifteen to twenty minute walk. The CBD is about fifteen minutes’ drive away.