The south side’s newest spot for an Italian feast | Gourmand and Gourmet

The south side’s newest spot for an Italian feast

If you’ve been following the Brisbane food scene closely, you’ve probably heard a lot about Trafalgar Lane over the past few months. The Woolloongabba laneway has thrown a whole host of new dining joints to Brisbane’s repertoire, with Ristorante La Famiglia being the latest to join the frenzy. So gather the family and prep those appetites for a feast – this is one eatery you won’t want to experience alone. Right across from the Gabba, bowls of gnocchi and risotto lie in wait for hungry sports fans streaming from the stadium (and, let’s face it, city workers looking to dodge those CBD parking fees). Sitting right on Stanley St, this is one ‘famiglia’ you can visit without being quizzed about your life goals as soon as you walk in the door – and with mounds of tiramisu on the cards, we’re about ready to welcome owners Deb and Cosimo into the annual family photo with open arms. ristorante la famiglia italian restuarant brisbane 2 The laneway spot has combined trendy deco with a sophisticated throwback to the boot-shaped motherland. Exposed brick meets stylish black walls in a whirlwind combination of cultures, with a living herb wall and painting montages of scooters, wine and bowls of pasta leaving you absolutely no doubt of what’s on offer in the kitchen. With a glass (or three) of wine on hand and a host of antipasto selections to nibble on, Ristorante La Famiglia is tough to beat for lunch hours and cityside catch-ups. Be fair warned, though: you’ll struggle to pull yourself away after a glance at the heartier menu choices. ristorante la famiglia italian restuarant brisbane 3 These are family meals as they should be done – around tables laden with fresh, homestyle dishes (of, admittedly, more than you could reasonably eat in a day). Kick off the feast with traditional focaccia bread and plates of creamy burrata before heading up against the main contenders. Never let it be said that any Italian chef let a guest go home hungry (or anything less than stuffed), and with bowls full of slow cooked beef cheek ragu and ‘mamma’s’ traditional lasagne on offer, a carb-induced food coma isn’t just a possibility – it’s inevitable. Chin up, though – it’ll have to wait until you’ve struggled over whether to order the Italian doughnuts or tiramisu for dessert. ristorante la famiglia italian restuarant brisbane 4 Of course, no Italian restaurant in Brisbane is complete without a proper coffee blend and an extensive wine list on hand, and there are no shortcomings at Ristorante La Famiglia in this regard. You can pick up roasted Elixir coffee in the morning and meet later meals with carafes of Italian wine and local Fortitude Brewing Co beers on tap – though tradition may mandate a switch to limoncello further into the night. If you’re ready to join the Ristorante La Famiglia family, you’ll find them in the heart of Trafalga Lane at 855 Stanley Street in Woolloongabba, open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Words by Samantha Chariton Images by Judit Losh