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Published January 8th 2021
Travel From Verona to Milano on the Menu
While many of our international holiday plans have been postponed, a Red Hill cafe has found a way to bring a little bit of Italy to Brisbane.
Little Italy is a new kid on the Red Hill cafe scene. Having opened on 25 November 2020, it replaces the former Bula Vinaka cafe which had a modern Fijian/Indian vibe and Arthurs Green before that. While the little outdoor cafe has had a number of identities in recent years, through them all it has remained a laid back, local favourite.
Like those before it, a major drawcard to Little Italy in Fulcher Road is its outdoor space with grass underfoot to make the most of Queensland's weather. The cafe also has a covered seating area near the counter and kitchen. The al fresco space is complemented by barrels of fresh potted flowers of golden marigolds, bright and happy petunias and frangipanis. A standalone herb garden adds colour and fragrance of the edible kind to the kitchen garden.
Located on the grounds of The Red Hill Community Sports Club, which recently underwent some renovations including an upgraded front classic white, picket fence and main driveway, the cafe overlooks the main lawn bowls green and adjoins a second on the top field.
This offers a manicured grassy green view and the chance to possibly watch a game while in session from one of the cafes long white benches. The winding bike paths along Enoggera Creek, with mature gum trees, complete the natural bush outlook and the temptation for walking, riding or running in the outdoors.
The Italian references and vibe in the cafe are subtle. While the basic look of the cafe is unchanged (but for some new splashes of olive green), what is different are some of the new offerings on the menu.
What is on the menu? As you would expect, the menu has a mix of well versed traditional flavours. In paying tribute to two Italian cities, look out for the Verona Omelette with Mediterranean veggies, basil and mozzarella omelette served with Italian tomatoes, spinach and ciabatta. A breakfast fit for Romeo and Juliet perhaps? As well, there is the Italian Breakfast Panini and the Milano Omelette.
For lunch, it's hard to go past pasta. It's an Italian staple. So check out the Mediterranean Lasagne with eggplant, zucchini and mozzarella.
If you are craving for a cup of joe, Little Italy serves up Freehand Coffee (which replaces Campos under the former proprietors) ranging from $3.50 to $5.00.
While you are visiting the cafe, look out for the history wall of the Sports Club beside the cafe which has a number of newspaper clippings and photos from his history and that of the area. There are even references to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic which is apt given the world's current health challenge with COVID.
The Red Hill Community Sports Club combines Normanby Rugby League Football Club, Normanby Social Bowls Club, the Ashgrove RSL Sub-Branch and some of the remaining members of the former Ithaca Bowls Club. While it operates mainly as a bowls club, it has opened membership to the wider community.
A dedicated car park provides ample and easy parking. If you are taking public transport to Red Hill, buses stop along neighbouring Waterworks Road.
Little Italy Red Hill is open six days Tuesday to Friday 6am until 1pm and Saturday and Sunday 6am until 12pm and is located at.22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill beside the Broncos Leagues Club and training facility.
Overall, Little Italy is a simple, easy place to stop for a bite to eat and to grab a coffee before or after a walk or to meet friends.
(Please note that the cafe, including its opening hours) may be subject to change in accordance with Government COVID - 19 requirements).