Buon Appetito! The Best Italian Restaurants in Canberra
What do we do when we crave warmth, comfort, gratification and absolute deliciousness? We eat Italian food. Here are a few of Canberra’s award-winning Italian restaurants.
Just across the bridge, you will find Trecento. Famous for its authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas hailing from a 300-year-old Italian recipe, you can expect to be wowed. Watch your food being cooked in the open-air kitchen and enjoy a sophisticated ambience – perhaps with a glass of Prosecco in hand?
Unit 33/18 Flinders Way, Griffith
Mezzalira is an iconic venue in the Canberra food landscape. It specialises in combining clean, simple flavours with the freshest of Australian produce, many of them local. Its wine list is generous and it even has its own Italian grocer so you can pick up what you need to recreate your meal at home.
55 London Circuit, Canberra City
This gorgeous little pizzeria is the brainchild of Mezzalira and caters to those who want to grab house-made pasta, panini or a woodfired pizza for lunch – or hell, even breakfast! Located just next to Mezzalira, it is open from 7 am – 4 pm and is a great option if you are craving some ‘Italian-on-the-go’.
55 London Circuit, Canberra City
If you are after true Nonna-style cooking, look no further than the family favourite, Mamas Trattoria. The décor is simple and the food simply speaks for itself. Think crusty Italian bread, hearty lasagna, traditional spaghetti Bolognese and a variety of solid meat dishes. Be prepared to feel satisfied and wear your ‘big pants’ because – desert.
Melbourne Building, Shop 4/45 West Row, Canberra City
Nestled in the heart of Canberra city, Briscola has a relaxed atmosphere and delivers all the heart and soul of true Italian food. Having won several awards over the years, this Italian restaurant is perfect for those intimate dinners for two, group lunches or an aperitivo after work.
60 Alinga Street, Canberra City
If you want to experience ‘burst-in-your-mouth’ flavours while feeling like you could very well be in Italy, you need to experience Italian & Sons. Mezzalira’s cousin, this authentic Italian eatery is located on the infamous Lonsdale Street in Braddon. Tempt your taste buds with dishes like the spinach fusilli with white wine lamb ragu, snow pea and pecorino Moliterno and the patate pizza: potato, brunet, pancetta and rosemary sprinkled over 48-risen dough. *Hunger pains begin*
7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Chez Frederic, affectionately known as ‘Chez Freds’. is Canberra’s hippest pasta bar – though it does serve dishes other than pasta. Also a member of the ‘Londsale St best eats’ (we just coined that term), Chez Freds offers a casual eating affair in its industrial-chic restaurant. Head over after work for a glass of vino and bowl of pesto gnocchi or opt for the heartier lamb shanks – whatever it is, it will be YUMMO.
4/14 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Family-owned and run, Agostinis at the East Hotel is passionate about Italian food. The pizzas are renowned and for good reason – they are baked to perfection in the state-of-the-art Marana Forni pizza oven – foncy! Enjoy a laid-back Sunday lunch or stop by for a scoop or two of homemade gelato.
East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith
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