The last few years have been a coming of age for the Brisbane gastronomy scene. While the sunshine capital has formerly been overshadowed by the likes of Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to dining, this is no longer the case. Restaurants, bars, cafes and street food vendors have been popping up all over the city, specialising in everything from South American, Indian, African, Asian and of course, European cuisines. Arguably the most popular of the European continent and the comfort food of choice for people all over the world, is of course Italian. While it’s true that, yes, Italian restaurants in Brisbane are not a new occurrence, lately new and improved versions of them have been springing up in Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Logan, the CBD, Woolloongabba and all over Brissie – so read on, and find out why this Mediterranean favourite is taking Brisbane by storm. After all, as Sophia Loren said, “everything you see, I owe to spaghett”’.
While Italy and Brisbane are on opposite corners of the globe, they share one main thing in common – a passionate love of food. Brisbane locals take their food and drinks seriously, and this is amplified at the Italian restaurants Brisbane is home to. You’ll find locally-sourced produce and ingredients combined with specialist products imported from Italy, all with the purpose of ensuring the dishes on offer in Brisbane’s Italian restaurants are a cut above the rest. For example, at Bucci you’ll find an emphasis on local produce like Hervey Bay scallops and Byron Bay veal and Mooloolaba swordfish, while at Gianni’s Kitchen, they’re all about keeping it authentic and importing strictly Italian items, even extending this rule to Italian water. But then at rustic Italian Brisbane restaurant, Coppa Spuntino you’ll find a delightful combination of both.
It’s no secret that the official drink of the year, is of course, the Aperol spritz. But why exactly has the world – and particularly Brisbane – fallen head over heels for the spritz and the Italian aperitivo in general? Well, while the Italian way of eating is about pure enjoyment of quality food and drink, it is also about doing so in a way that will aid proper digestion. Brisbane’s Italian restaurants have certainly taken this mentality and run with it, and you’ll find the likes of Prosecco, Vermouth, and Campari on offer, making the Italian restaurants in Brisbane the perfect place to start with an afternoon or early evening drink, before indulging in a delicious meal and dessert.
While yes it’s true, that when visiting an Italian restaurant, especially in Brisbane, a craving for a hefty bowl of delicious pasta, or enticing pizza is ever-so-strong, but there are some folks that this simply does not suit. Luckily, for those with coeliac or gluten sensitivity, Italian restaurants in Brisbane can cater to dietary issues with no fuss, and the food up for grabs is as good as a flour-laden pizza. The talented and accommodating teams at the Italian restaurants throughout Brisbane offer everything from gluten-free pizza bases and pastas, to fish, meat or chicken alternatives without sneaky gluten. Try a delicious mushroom risotto with freshly shaved parmesan, fresh caprese salad with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, gluten-free arancini balls at Brisbane Italian institution, Restaurant Il Verde, and of course, pay a visit to almost all the Italian restaurants in Brisbane for a tasty, and fresh gluten-free pizza with any topping you desire, and dine without the fear!
So now you’ve got an idea of what to expect, all you need to do now is find the perfect Italian restaurant in Brisbane to suit you perfectly... Our advice? j=Jump on Quandoo, filter your preferences to be Italian restaurants in the Brisbane area, adjust your price point, and you’re away! You can also read reviews from other diners, and then after you visit your choice of Italian restaurant in Brisbane, leave your own and earn Loyalty Points in the process. Enjoy!