I'm a freelance writer living in Canberra who loves to travel and immerse myself in different cultures. I am passionate about art, music, food and wine.
Published August 10th 2014
I really appreciate good food and wine (especially Italian!) and am always on the lookout for a new restaurant that has people talking. Ok, so Italian and Sons in Braddon isn't exactly new, but I finally got around to checking it out and it's definitely my favourite Canberra restaurant at present. Quite simply, it's honest and unpretentious Italian. Nothing annoys me more than 'touristy' Italian food, but this is a family run restaurant which is serving the best Italian outside of Italy (as far as I'm concerned).
The service is worth mentioning, as the decision to go to Italian and Sons was a very last minute one and yet they enthusiastically found us a table and brought us our food and wine in a very timely manner. In fact, our glasses were rarely empty.
The food is delicious and well priced and the wine list is extensive (although a little pricey, it's on par with the rest of Canberra). The garlic and cheese focaccia is so good that I hate to think exactly how many cheeses are actually in it and I thoroughly recommend the macceroni with lamb shoulder, tomato and red wine ragu. It seems to me that one of the main reasons the food here is so good is because it's constantly changing and seasonally fresh.
So, if the service, food and wine are all excellent, then there is one last criterion that needs to be met when gunning for the 'Best Restaurant in Canberra Award'... ambiance. Italian and Sons is not a big restaurant; it's a cosy, intimate trattoria that makes you feel like you're in Florence or Rome. For me, it definitely has ambiance covered.
As such, Italian and Sons might just be the best restaurant in Canberra.