Alimentari, Adelaide St
Alimentari on Adelaide St specialises in Italian and locally produced gourmet food. Led by executive chef Louis Maranoli, the passionate team of chefs guarantee to create a meal for you that could only be replicated if you went to Italy yourself. Accompany your meal with a wine from the wide variety sourced direct from Italy.
Head to Jan Powers Farmers Markets on Wednesdays in Reddacliff Place for fresh, hot, handmade gnocchi for lunch with a delicious selection of three delicious artisan-made sauces; wild mushroom and truffle sauce, traditional slow-cooked bolognese, Sicilian cherry tomato and black olive for $10 a plate. For an afternoon sweet treat, they also sell freshly made traditional tiramisu for $5.
Ciccio's Pasta Bar, Adelaide St
Located on the far end of Adelaide St, near the Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Ciccio's serves up fresh Italian pizza and pasta with a lively mix of modern Mediterranean colour and rustic Aussie charm. The large menu features plenty of pasta, pizza and antipasto choices and the servings are generous and delicious.
Coppa Spuntino, Gresham Lane
Brought to you from the dynamic duo Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau of Red Hook and Public, Coppa Spuntino is a boutique pizzeria and charcuterie haunt. Spuntino translates in Italian to "small snacks often served in bars", and true to the name you can enjoy a range of plates, tapas, charcuterie and mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas accompanied by Italian wine available by the glass, carafe or bottle. The cocktail list maintains the European vibe with nine types of Negroni alongside a selection of aperitifs. Pasta and Pico Tuesdays are a hit with Coppa Spuntino regulars.
Corbett & Claude, Elizabeth St
Housed in the basement of heritage-listed Corbett Chambers building on Elizabeth St, the laneway bar serves up wood-fired pizzas share plates and antipasti complemented by a selection of sparking, white and red wines with a vast assortment of craft beers. With a pizza list as long as your arm, it's a tough choice, but if we had to choose right here, right now, we'd go for 'the cfo', 'the farmer' or the 'veggie patch'. There's also gluten free bases and vegan cheese available if that's your style.
Firefly, George St
By day Firefly serves coffee, arguably Brisbane's best pizza and other well-priced fare to a bustling city crowd. By early evening on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the venue transforms into a dynamic space that's perfect for you to enjoy a casual drink with colleagues and friends while taking in the balmy Queensland twilight.
We think anyone who can cook a pizza in 90 seconds is using some kind of sorcery, but the guys at Fratelli Famous can do it with no fancy potions or wands in sight. It's all about fresh and fast pizza that's designed by you. That's right, you can choose your base, sauce, and almost unlimited topping combinations. Sounds like an office lunch win in our books.
Il Centro, Eagle Street Pier
Since 1992, this multi-award-winning restaurant has provided a fine balance of casual yet elegant alfresco and indoor dining with a modern Italian flavour. Its essence is modern Italian but the taste is unashamedly Queensland. A must-try is the famous sandcrab lasagne!
Jamie's Italian, Rowes Arcade; Edward St
Jamie’s Italian in Brisbane City serves simple, rustic and wholesome Italian dishes created by Jamie Oliver and his mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, all at affordable prices in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The pair source the finest ingredients available from independent food producers throughout Australia.
Otto, Queen St
Inspired by southern Italian cuisine, OTTO is a fine dining experience overlooking the Brisbane River at 480 Queen St. The extensive wine list accompanies a scrumptious menu, and you will be mesmerised by the woven magenta felt fans that resemble twirling skirts when in full flight.
Pane e Vino, Albert St
Pane e Vino is a long-standing Italian restaurant in the heart of Brisbane City. Offering good food and wine, excellent service and cuisine inspired by the owners' home town in Italy, the secret to Pane e Vino's success is the emphasis on home-style meals, with top-quality ingredients and robust flavours.
Pane e Vino
Vapiano, Albert Lane
Vapiano prides itself on serving only the best made-to-order pizzas, fresh house-made pasta, hand-tossed gourmet salads and delicious dolci in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. It even has its very own fresh herb garden growing right in the restaurant!
Verve Restaurant, Edward St
Verve Restaurant and Cider House has an extensive menu specialising in modern Italian cuisine that caters to almost every palate. It offers an excellent selection of vegetarian options, and most of its menu can also be made with gluten-free products.