The iconic Brisbane foodie spot to put on your hit list
20 Jun 2016
‘Meet me under the Eiffel Tower.’ It’s as much a familiar Brisbane phrase as it is in Paris, referring of course to Park Road’s iconic tower, sitting pretty atop one of the foodie precinct’s most long-standing dining spots – La Dolce Vita. Even after over 25 years of dishing up some of Brisbane’s favourite feeds, this Italian café and restaurant is still going strong, and with a new chef in the kitchen and a new menu on the plates, there’s never been a better time to get reacquainted with the Italian eatery. Heading up the kitchen these days is Nathan Wood, who brings a whole lot of delicious experience to the team from his days working at Michelin starred restaurants in London. Whether you stop by for breakfast, dinner or just a late night dessert, you’ll find a dish on his new menu to tempt you – in fact, probably more than one. For breakfast, classic feeds rule the list, with choices like rich baked eggs with chorizo, black pudding, broad beans and a cheesy truffle and parmesan crust, and waffles piled with berries and gelato or bacon and eggs. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, just hit the pastry cabinet – there’s no resisting the rows and rows of cannoli, Italian donuts and slices made in house daily by their talented pastry chef (who said you can’t have dessert for breakfast?). If you can’t handle that much sugar before noon, you might like to know that they serve those sweets right up until midnight 7 days a week, along with their smooth coffees, so you never have to go without a fix. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves – before dessert comes dinner! Anyone who enjoys nothing more than classic Italian fare done well will find their ultimate feed here, starting with the likes of crumbed and fried olives and porcini arancini and moving onto pizzas, pastas and irresistible mains. Fettuccine Al Pollo in a creamy mascarpone sauce is a La Dolce Vita favourite that regulars will never allow to leave the menu, but you can also get your hands on oven roasted lamb rack and tender T-bone steaks – all made with local and sustainably sourced ingredients. A new wood-fired pizza oven is currently on the way to the venue all the way from Italy, but in the meantime you can still get your hands on a pizza the goods – and if you trust us at all you’ll order the slow cooked pork belly with caramelized apple and cherry tomatoes. Bonus, students can grab any pizza (or pasta – but PIZZA!) with a beer or wine for just $20 on Monday and Tuesday nights. One thing even the regulars might not know is that La Dolce Vita offers free carparking just below the venue – so now you have no excuse. Put the Brisbane icon on your hit-list for game night, date night or I-can’t-be-bothered-cooking night. You’ll find them at 20 Park Road, open 7 days a week, 365 days a year (yep!) from 6am until late. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Images by Judit Losh Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!