BNE’s Best Italian Restaurants

BNE’s Best Italian Restaurants

Meals to make you say “mamma mia”!

By Jess Cuskelly | 30th September 2020

Ok, so you might have missed out on a European summer this year, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the tastes of Italy. Brisbane is home to some of Australia’s best Italian restaurants, and as the days get warmer, it’s time to start making the most of them (and their cocktail menus!).

We asked our readers to share their top picks for Italian cuisine in Brisbane, and your responses did not disappoint. From Naples to Florence, we’ve rounded up your favourite Italian eateries in Brisbane. Put your passport away and grab your pals, your favourite sunglasses and a flirty dress, because this is your one-way ticket to the land of red wine, delicious carbs and good times! And, if your our city’s resident Italian cuisine expert who’s had it all, try the new kid on the block, Uh Oh Spaghettio!

1889 Enoteca | Woolloongabba

Take a trip down memory lane to 1889 Enoteca – the Woolloongabba restaurant that’s been serving up sophisticated Italian fare for almost 12 years. Located in the heritage-listed Moreton Rubber Works building, the restaurant features cosy booths and exposed brick and wooden floors, which evoke the feel of an old-school Roman villa. Despite its rustic appearance, patrons can expect a fine-dining experience that honours traditional Italian recipes and uses only the highest quality local and imported ingredients. Wine buffs are also in luck – ‘enoteca’ means wine library in Italian, and the restaurant certainly lives up to its namesake with an unbeatable wine menu of imported and regional varietals.


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Beccofino | Teneriffe

Can’t make it to Florence this year? No problem! Thanks to the food gods at Beccofino, you can now enjoy the tastes of Italy without booking a plane ticket. Known throughout Brisbane for its divine duck ragu that brings locals in by the flock, it’s also one of the must-do spots for authentic, woodfired pizza. This Teneriffe restaurant is the perfect place to kick back and while away the afternoon with a margherita pizza and glass of rosé in hand. Although the ragu and pizza might be the star of the show here, don’t forget to try the pasta, calamari and tiramisu!


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Eterna | Fortitude Valley

Pasta lovers will fall hard for this new Fortitude Valley bistro, where authentic Roman dishes are served with a side of old-school romance. Nestled in a hidden laneway on Ann Street, Eterna is the love-child of Stefano de Blasi – the man behind the iconic Salt Meats Cheese. Celebrating the flavours of Italy with a decadent menu that incorporates high-quality local ingredients, diners can indulge in quintessentially Roman dishes like rigatoni alla carbonara or enjoy street food such as crostini burro and alici, before washing the meal down with one of Eterna’s imported Italian wines. If date night is just around the corner, book in now – Eterna is open until midnight every day of the week for your dining and drinking pleasure.


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Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers | South Bank, Paddington and Southport

When it comes to feel-good Italian cuisine, you really can’t go past this iconic chain of restaurants. The name is pretty self-explanatory – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers make authentic, mouth-watering gnocchi that hits the spot each and every time. Co-founders Ben Cleary-Corradini and Theo Roduner started their business as a two-person stall selling hand-made gnocchi, and have since grown to incorporate three venues throughout Brisbane. Their pillowy-soft gnocchi and rich sauces made from the freshest local ingredients are famous for being some of the best in Brisbane, while affordable prices and BYO drinks keeps diners flocking to Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers’ doors.


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Il Posto | Paddington

Paddington is home to some of Brisbane’s best restaurants, and Il Posto is no exception. Located on Latrobe Terrace, patrons can enjoy a menu of home-style Italian dishes that showcase expert cooking and the highest quality ingredients. Our favourites? The ravioli aragosta (home-made ravioli filled with Tasmanian lobster – yum!) and verdurina (a delicious pizza with tomato, mozzarella, roast pumpkin, spinach and goat’s cheese). With a range of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options on offer, there’s something for everyone at Il Posto, so book a table and get ready to be transported to sunny Italy.


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Italian Street Kitchen | Newstead

For food that satisfies your tastebuds and your soul, look no further than this Newstead restaurant, which serves up old-school Italian eats (just like Nonna used to make!). Combining traditional Italian recipes, modern cooking techniques and imported ingredients from Roma, Napoli, Sicilia and Venezia, Italian Street Kitchen is your one-stop shop for wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta dishes and vibrant salads. With $15 lunch specials on offer every weekday, head to Gasworks Plaza and treat yourself to an Italian meal that you’re sure to love.


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Julius Pizzeria | South Brisbane

From the masterminds behind Beccofino comes Julius Pizzeria, the ‘little brother’ venue located on the corner of South Brisbane’s Fish Lane. Serving up wood-fired pizzas (made in a custom-built oven brought all the way from Naples), antipasto, pasta and thirst-quenching drinks, Julius Pizzeria celebrates authentic Italian cuisine with a modern Australian twist. Conveniently located close to QPAC, this dining hotspot is the perfect place to relax and unwind before an evening of theatre.


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Manny’s Italian | Wellington Point

Whether you’re looking for that perfect date night location, or just wanting to enjoy a bite to eat with friends, Manny’s Italian has something for everyone. Although the menu chiefly features Italian dishes (we can’t get enough of the pumpkin and sage arancini and handmade gnocchi), there are a few left-field menu items for brave diners, like the Korean BBQ chicken wings. Those with a sweet tooth can take their pick from a range of delicious desserts, while those looking for a tipple (or two!) can treat themselves to the cocktail menu.


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Marinara Trattoria | Paddington

Rustic Italian dining is done right at Marinara Trattoria. With exposed brick, red chequered tablecloths and climbing vines throughout the building, the restaurant is reminiscent of a cobblestoned Roman café, complete with murals of the Italian seaside. The menu combines staple starters like garlic bread and focaccia, with cuisine classics like fettucine marinara and margherita pizza. Nestled in the heart of Paddington, Marinara Trattoria is perfect for casual dining with friends and family.


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Massimo | Brisbane City

Beautifully crafted dishes from the Abruzzo region with gorgeous river views on the side is what’s on offer at Eagle Street’s slice of Italy. Another polished fork in the drawer for restaurateur Michael Tassis, whose culinary accolades include Rico Bar & Dining, Opa Bar + Mezze, Fat Cow Steak & Lobster, and George’s Paragon, authentic style is a given. Dig into seafood dishes fresh from the shore, hearty handmade pasta, and perfectly cured meats, with aperitif in hand. Whether it’s over a long lunch or slow dinner, one visit here is all you need to understand why they were our August cover star!

Pasta Club | West End

Brisbane’s foodie experts were devastated earlier in the year when CJ’s Secret Pasta Club – the intimate West End eatery that provided locals with good, simple Italian fare – closed its doors due to COVID-19. What they might not know is that the restaurant was recently reborn, as the brand new Pasta Club. Located on Boundary Street, mere blocks away from its original position, Pasta Club is back and serving up good times and delicious Italian food (did someone say truffled-mushroom arancini and pumpkin agnolotti?). As a BYO venue, diners are encouraged to bring a bottle of their favourite red, vibe to the record player and let the menu written on the blackboard do the talking.


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Ripiena | Fortitude Valley

Your carb-loaded dreams will come true at Ripiena, Fortitude Valley’s very own pasta laboratory. Head Chef Nicolo Campagnari began his love affair with Italian food as a boy working at his family’s tavern in Verona, before moving to Australia and opening Ripiena with his wife in 2018. The venue combines a wholesale pasta kitchen and dine-in section, where patrons can enjoy batches of freshly made pasta, prepared in-house by a team of specially trained pasta chefs. Loosen your top button and get ready for the carb overload!


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Tartufo | Fortitude Valley

Since opening its doors in 2010, this Italian dining spot has made its mark on Brisbane’s foodie scene. Located in the hub of Fortitude Valley, Tartufo transports diners to the 1920’s, with leather booths, high ceilings and art-deco detailing creating a warm and welcoming space where diners can enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine and old-fashioned customer service. Oh, and did we mention, when you dine at Tartufo you’ll actually be tasting Italy; everything, including the tomatoes which are grown at the foothills of Mt Vesuvius, is imported from Naples!


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Tocco Italiano | Teneriffe and Chelmer

Are you dreaming of the Amalfi Coast? If so, it might be time to book in at Tocco Italiano, where owner Arturo Buonocore celebrates the legacy of Italy’s Campana region with an authentic, mouth-watering menu. Buonocore is a fourth-generation Amalfi Coast local who followed his wife to Australia and brought the flavours of Italy with him. With an impressive menu that includes traditional recipes from Buonocore’s home, Tocco Italiano is a dream come true for diners seeking an Italian fine-dining experience like no other.


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Vine | New Farm

Located in the heart of bustling New Farm, this Italian eatery has been a foodie favourite for almost 15 years. Since opening its doors in 2005, Vine Restaurant has wowed customers with modern Italian fare that incorporates fresh, local ingredients and the highest-quality imported goods. With a spectacular menu curated by Michelin-star chef Enzo Ninivaggi and unrivalled drink options, Vine Restaurant is not your average Italian bistro.


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Now this one may not be in Brisbane, but it’ll make you a meal you can’t refuse:

Basil and Vine | Burpengary

Craving hearty Italian food? Think Basil and Vine – the Burpengary café that serves up feel-good Italian food and specialty coffee every day of the week. Hailing from a region of Italy known as ‘valley of the saints’, founder Francesca Fargnoli created Basil and Vine as an ode to her Italian heritage and a celebration of all things food and family. The rustic menu revolves around the Italian staples of pasta, bread, cheese, olive oil and tomatoes, but diners can also indulge in modern dishes like the pear and maple waffles, reef and beef, and pizza and Nutella calzones.


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Article by Jess Cuskelly

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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