Top 10 Italian: Brisbane
Ever wondered where the best Italian in Brisbane was?
We had, quite a bit. So we figured we’d ask the people who know best – the locals. In our never ending attempt to find the best CBD restaurants in Australian capital cities, we turned to the beautiful Brisbanites and asked them where to find the best Italian, the best pizza and pasta, in Brisbane. Here’s what they told us…
Translating to ‘our house’, Casa Nostra is where delicious Italian foods meet an intimate and comfortable setting, oozing tradition and authenticity. The local favourite boasts hand crafted gems and Sicilian inspired seafood dishes, with the menu encompassing everything from the famous authentic flavours of Italy, to Sicilian influenced dishes – plus a wine list topped with outstanding Italian wines.
Bucci Restaurant and Bar is a delicious take on modern Italian. The menu offers both classic interpretations of Italian favourites, as well as dishes inspired by Australian produce, using the best local ingredients. The atmosphere is buzzing and energetic, and shared dining is encouraged. There’s a superb collection of Italian and Australian wines, as well as an exciting cocktail menu. If you’d like a recommendation, we suggest the Gigli Verde con Erbe e Ricotta – trust us.
Brother to the famous OTTO Sydney, OTTO Brisbane celebrates people, place and of course, outstanding cuisine. Located overlooking the Brisbane River to the Story Bridge, OTTO brings a touch of vibrancy and glamour to the Brisbane dining scene. The menu is unashamedly simple – modern Italian celebrating regional produce, and taking inspiration from the southern regions of Italy.
The idea is to make diners think they’re in Italy, and it seems to be working. The team at Tocco Italiano have created a restaurant where detail is important, where respect for Italian and Australian ingredients is pinnacle and where they aim to share the creativity, simplicity and traditions of southern Italy through their brilliant food. The menu changes regularly and the specials reflect the season and produce changes perfectly. If we had to tell you, we’d say try the Nduja pizza.
Long regarded as one of Brisbane’s best restaurants, Il Centro is a fine balance of casual and fine dining elegance. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s premier dining precinct, the multi-award-winning restaurant enjoys panoramic views of the Brisbane River. The menu is innovative and modern, with a distinctively Queensland spin which is best illustrated by their signature dish, Sand Crab Lasagne.
In the beautiful heritage listed Moreton Rubber Works building you’ll find 1889 Enoteca, a combination of a restaurant, wine bar, basement level cellar for private dining and a small wine store. The food is modern Roman, made to be enjoyed with the restaurants extensive wine list, which has a strong focus on natural wines.
Salt Meats Cheese
Established over 6 years ago, Salt Meats Cheese is a family-owned restaurant group famous for its outstanding quality food and brilliant service. The focus is on honest cooking using the highest quality ingredients available, a passion and focus well and truly shared with diners. Our recommendation? Any of the four Gnocchi’s – especially the Gnocchi Sorrentina.
Focusing on creating an authentic Italian dining experience, while drawing on the concepts of sharing and spending quality time together over meals, Popolo’s is all about food, family and friends. The specially designed share menu promotes local seasonal produce and high quality authentic ingredients – thereby delivering outstanding meals.
The smell of wood-fired pizza drifts across the Beccofino restaurant, a pleasant smell you wish you could bottle up. Beccofino is a casual and modern restaurant which is commonly referred to as one of the best Italian in Brisbane. The menu is substantial and offers a wide range of pizza, pasta, antipasti, mains and of course – Italian desserts. We recommend the calamari; it’s pushing 10/10.
From the brains behind Public and Red Hook comes Coppa Spuntino, an Italian restaurant and bar in the heart in Brisbane. Coppa Spuntino is open from breakfast to dinner, offering everything from brunch favourites to late night charcuterie and wines. The menu isn’t classic but it’s brilliant, gnocchi is served with kale and if you feel like it you can order a plate of prosciutto.