Mama mia! If you're craving the flavours of Italy, the Italian Place Providore and Bottega in Braddon is bursting with bellissimo produce direct from Italy. Located in bustling Braddon, as well as stocking up on Italian groceries, cheese, small goods and fresh produce here, you can pick up flowers, wine and more so you can be enjoying la dulce vita in no time.
This place is absolute bliss if you love Italian food. At the rear of the store, you'll find a cheese fridge and smallgoods counter both stuffed with goodies. The selection has a good variety of choices without being overwhelming and the staff are happy to share their expertise if you aren't sure what to choose. There are entire shelves dedicated to balsamic vinegar, olive oil, anchovies, canned tomatoes...the list is as long as it is delicious. Want the gourmet taste with less effort? You can stock up on pre-made meals, handmade pasta and sauces from The Italian Place too.
Tired from all of the choice? Then why not settle in for a snappy coffee and snack at the cafe? Serving pastries, arancini, sandwiches and coffee, the cafe is busy but turns orders around quickly and the service is helpful. While the menu is small, everything is extremely well prepared and the standard of both the food and coffee is exceptional. There's a small amount of seating inside, al fresco dining outside or you can order from the street window for coffee on the run.
As the sun sets, things at The Italian Place Providore and Bottega heat up with regular wine tastings, cocktail parties and dinners. Each event is themed, some evenings, a local Canberra Region winery will be the star, on others, you might sample the cuisine of a specific region of Italy. You might find an olive oil and balsamic vinegar workshop or even a chance to go to 'wine school.' This is a fabulous way to take a culinary journey and upcoming events sell out fast so keep up to date with scheduled events here.
Stock up on some sensational produce at The Italian Place Providore and Bottega