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Brisbane’s best Italian restaurants
What’s the secret behind Mona Lisa’s smile? For one, she got to eat Italian food her whole life.
While many cuisines go in and out of style, Italian pizzas, pastas, and paninis have stood the test of time. And, alas, while we can’t whisk off to the cobbled streets of Naples or bask under the Tower of Pisa in Rome right now, at least we have these tortellini-amazing Italian restaurants at home to tide us over.
From traditional mum-and-pop to modern date night -joints, these are the places that keep us coming back for more.
1889 Enoteca | Woolloongabba
Nestled amongst the quaint antique shops and restaurants of Woolloongabba, 1889 Enoteca offers a charming dining experience like no other. Pair modern Roman cuisine with a glass of wine from their extensive imported list and even a basic family dinner becomes a feast! The pappardelle al ragù is the kind of soul-satisfying dish that you’ll dream about for years to come, while the tiramisu is that little taste of Italy that you’ve been dreaming of ever since you took that holiday.
Il Verde ǀ Bowen Hills
Cheese Louise! Il Verde has got the art of combining cheese and carbs down to a tee. Heralding in a new chapter for Italian cuisine, Il Verde is known for making mouth-watering parmesan pasta from whole cheese wheels to keep both your belly and your wallet happy. Their extensive menu will see you poring over antipasti, pasta, pizza, main dishes and perfect desserts (it’s gotta be the cannoli, if you ask us!).
La Lupa | West End
You either love vitello tonnato, or haven’t tried vitello tonnato… we reckon Lupa does the best in town! As well as other classics, a core range of pizzas and specials keeps things interesting (and delicious) including burrata with seasonal toppings, a mouthwatering cacio e pepe tagliolini, and a big boy bistecca that you need to pre-order! Owner Andrea also imports stunning wines from all over Europe, so there’s always a delicious drop to be paired with.
Il Posto | Paddington
Do you have a moment to talk about porchetta? The place for perfectly cooked pasta, mouth-watering pizza and decadent desserts, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you settle into Il Posto and take a look at their extensive eats. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, we can’t recommend the numero uno pizza enough – and paired with a flavoursome wine, your night is set.
Bar Alto ǀ New Farm
What’s better than Italian? Italian accompanied by spritzes! No one does them quite like Bar Alto, with riverfront views making it the ultimate lunch date or Sunday sesh. Grab friends, book a table on the balcony, and spend your afternoon devouring bowls of their iconic chilli garlic mussels (with plenty of crusty bread, of course).
Julius ǀ South Brisbane
If you’re after a slice of pizza heaven, look no further than Julius! Located on the ever-trendy (and tasty) Fish Lane, this constantly awarded five-star eatery is famous for their delectable wood-fired pizzas. Do yourself a favour and order calamari followed by the duck ragu pasta.
Vine | New Farm
Don’t let it creep up on you; Vine’s cuisine is something to behold. A staple of quality Italian in New Farm (so you know it’s good), you’ll be indulging on pan-seared scallops with burrata and beetroot, gnocchi with broccoli, capers, and anchovies, and local quail faster than you can say “That’s amore!”.
Marinara Trattoria ǀ Paddington
When you’re craving some of that old-school spaghetti that your Nonna used to make, that’s when you should head to Café Marinara Trattoria? This traditional bistro’s red-checkered tablecloths and seaside mural will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Positano surrounded by comfort food including pizza, pasta, and some irresistible seafood options like the sizzling king prawns in garlic and lemon juice!
Spaghetti House Trattoria | South Bank
The Spaghetti House Trattoria takes rustic Italian fare to a whole new level with fresh flavours that pair perfectly with a glass of spritz or vino. We recommend you fork out for the figs wrapped in prosciutto with gorgonzola fondue as a starter (if you close your eyes, it actually feels like you’re dining in Tuscany). Situated right in the heart of South Bank, you’ll never miss a ‘slice’ of the action when you dine at The Spaghetti House Trattoria.
Italian Street Kitchen | Newstead
Sometimes, you just need a casual slice. Grab a group and an authentic pizza from ISK and customise with your faves, like anchovies, artichoke, nduja, and loads more! If you’re making it a multi-course affair, kick off with tasty bites like Bolognese arancini, polenta bites or mixed salumi.
Cheese, carbs, and oil? It was always going to be an Italian love affair.