Where to eat Italian food in Brisbane
Love Italian? Then you’ll love this list of the city’s best Italian dining, cafes and gelato. From pizza food trucks to white tablecloth fine dining, Italian bakeries to authentic gelato – get out there and satisfy those cravings.
For a celebration dinner, nice evening out or family get-together, try Tartufo for its truffle-stuffed pizza crust; 1889 Enoteca for soft, cloud-like gnocchi; Grappino for top-quality classics; Bar Alto for alfresco dining by the river; Il Centro for the famous sand crab lasagne; and Viale Canova for its old-school charm.
There’s a divide in the casual dining category between those keeping it classic and those serving modern dishes and drinks.
For the latter try Coppa Spuntino for its negroni list and Italian tapas plates; Alfredo’s Pizzeria for its creative pizzas named after rock 'n' roll greats; Tinderbox Kitchen for its small share plate menu and wood-fired pizzas; and Bucci or Sugo Mi for modern Italian dining.
Those chasing classic Italian greats head to Julius Pizzeria or Beccofino for thin, crisp pizzas; Il Posto for seasonal eats; Marinara for check tablecloths and pasta; Jamie’s Italian for great antipasto; Popolo for tapas plates and share boards; Mister Paganini for a classic bistro; and Pizzeria Violetta for authentic pizzas.
Cafes, markets and gelato
Two cafes spring to mind when chasing Italian sweets. In the CBD, Marchetti has a counter of cakes and goodies, while Clayfield’s Dolci Sapori bakes hundreds of biscuits and arancini balls each day.
At the markets, hunt down restaurant-quality wood-fired pizzas from the back of the Pizzantica VW van. If you spot the Benfatti stall, stop for the creamy mushroom and truffle gnocchi.
Gelato lovers need to try La Macelleria (owned by two gelato artisans both called Marco, both from Bologna), Gelateria Cremona (keep an eye out for special flavours), and Milany (for its awarded scoops).