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Brisbane's Best Italian Restaurants

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by Laura Marshall (subscribe)
Brisbane, born and bred.
Published June 3rd 2011
When it comes to food, Italians really know what they are doing; pizza, pasta, bruschetta, tiramisu, arancini I could go on and on, but I'm sure you are all familiar with the wonders of Italian food. What's more important is where you can go in Brisbane to indulge in these treats.

Just like the list of delicious Italian specialities, the list of Italian restaurants could go on and on, so here are just a few to get you started.

Spizzico may not look like the place where Italian food dreams come true, but is a classic example of when not to judge a book by its cover. Located in Kangaroo Point, this could be the closest to an authentic Italian experience that you will find in Brisbane. The food, the service, the atmosphere, the owners - it is all genuine.

You absolutely could not write an article about Italian restaurants in Brisbane without talking (or gushing) about Avanti. This place has been a favourite, an institution you might say, among locals since its opening in 1994. The menu is massive, so give yourself some time to read through it all; likewise, the servings are extremely generous, so maybe best to skip lunch that day, because you are going to want to have dessert.

For something a bit fancier, try tartufo in Emporium or 1889 Enoteca, in Woolangabba. Both restaurants offer a selection of dining options. Tartufo has a bar menu, a set menu and a 7-course degustation menu, while Enoteca has a la carte and their traditional Italian style menu, consisting of 4 courses.

There is something very comforting and satisfying about good Italian food, maybe it's all those carbs. Ignore the media trying to tell us that carbs are the enemy - everything is good in moderation. It's just a question of whether you can resist indulgence in the face of so much temptation.
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Why? When in Rome...
When: Check individual restaurant opening hours before visiting
Where: All over Brisbane
Cost: Various
Roman Empire, Creek Road Carindale, fantastic authentic Italian food. Family owned and run, the service is ALWAYS friendly and efficient, food has never let me down (I order various meals, try something new, my husband orders the same thing over and over) either way we always enjoy each meal. Our early teen kids enjoy everthing on the menu you too ... and comment on the service as well. I don't find anything over priced, even the lobster! Monday's are two for one (but book ahead, this place is always busy as it is, but Monday's even more so)...can't recommend it enough...YUM!
By cara - reader
Wednesday, 16th of May @ 10:46 am
You wont be able to wine and dine on a Saturday night... but "Pasta al Dente" is a West End landmark since 1978! (165 Melbourne St). They predominately supply restaurants but you can eat in Henri and Anna's restaurant on week day lunches. Truly old style Italian cooking and freshly made traditional sauces and pastas. Has to be the best secret in Brisbane - for over 30 years!!
By Anonymous
Saturday, 14th of July @ 08:17 am
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