Italian grazing at Popolo | Gourmand and Gourmet

Italian grazing at Popolo

Sharing has never been easy for us when it comes to food, but South Bank restaurant Popolo makes us almost completely forget our manners with their irresistible rustic Italian feeds. Designed for sharing with good company they may be, but once you set your eyes on their dishes, you’ll need some serious willpower not to keep them all to yourself. Popolo was sharing meals before hipsters had even clued on to the joys of being able to try more things by skipping the main and going straight for the small plates. And with million dollar views of the city and river, and a rustic interior dotted with modern pop culture, eating at the South Bank restaurant is a scenic experience at any time of the day. popolo south bank restaurants 2While staying true to their Italian roots, Popolo’s menu features a variety of meals, from perfect pasta to their famous suckling pig. Light sharing meals (small plates so you can fit more in, remember?) include the house-smoked ricotta with onion marmalade and flat bread, and their juicy meatballs, but if you’re after something a little bigger, try a bowl of gnocchi or one of their fire roasted pizzas. Finished off with desserts like the fig and frangipane tart with vanilla mascarpone and Queensland honey (we don’t share our dessert, that’s crossing a line) and some drops from their wine list, we would say it’s the perfect feast! If you don’t have overprotective tendencies with your food, then we have good news for you. You can feast on a four course shared Graze lunch from Tuesday to Friday at Popolo for just $19 per person. With plenty of food to go around so there will be no fighting over the last pork and beef meatball. It’ll have you saying ‘Grazie!’ Words by Sheldon Hikaiti