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Published September 25th 2012
Love Italian Food? Read on
As I am getting older going to Fortitude Valley (AKA 'The Valley') no longer entails a crazy night of dancing but rather a decent meal and a good glass of wine. On one such nights, by luck, and perhaps a little bit of hunger, we stumbled across Giardinetto, a hidden gem located at 366 Brunswick Street – conveniently sitting just outside of the bustle of the surrounding Valley night clubs.
Hesitating at first, as there were still a good number of partygoers streaming past, we decided to sit inside as opposed to out (although, I am sure on a weeknight, excluding Friday, this is really not a problem). And, in all honesty, I am glad we made the decision to dine at this cozy little Italian restaurant.
Once seated we found ourselves surrounded by traditional Italian furnishings, being catered to with service that was polite, efficient and discrete. We were delighted to find that the menu offers a wide range of authentic Italian food – a somewhat rarity in Brisvegas. You can order everything from arancini to gnocchi and even have the chance to refresh your palette with a wine, spirit (for they are fully licensed) or another non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Our meals came out quickly, were fresh and did their origins justice on the delicious scale.
Not to mention that the wonderful staff are more than happy to cater for coeliac, vegans and vegetarians – a refreshing change to say the least. There is a reason why Giardinetto have been open since 1966, for they are truly and genuinely accommodating to their customers. It may also be the reason why they took out the People's Choice at Brisbane's very own Restaurant and Catering Awards.
The only thing we found a bit unusual, which is very common practice in Europe, is that they do charge a minimum table service fee per person. That aside, we felt as if we had jet-setted halfway across the globe and taken a seat in a restaurant in the heart of Rome - after a full day of sight seeing, of course. It made the fee negligible, at least in our minds.
If you have yet to stumble across this little gem, it is worth the effort. They are open 7 days a week for dinner and, even better, if you can't do dinner they are open 6 days a week for lunch. It's a lot cheaper then jet-setting to Rome, and, perhaps, just about twice as nice.
Want to find out more info, check out Giardinetto's website.