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Viva Italia ! Where to find some of Brisbane’s best italian food

When I first moved to Brisbane in 1990 there were not a lot of dining options and, despite having a number of strong migrant communities, it was pretty hard to find an authentic meal outside people’s own homes. Fast forward to 2017 and the diversity in dining options is as colourful as the world we live in and none more so than the vast array of often excellent Italian food. 

This is a round up of some my favourite spots. I know there are some more great ones out there so please feel free to share in comments at the end.

 1889 Enoteca – Woolloongabba

1889 Enoteca was probably one of the first places that really raised the bar when it came to Brisbane Italian food.  You wont find any garlic bread or Spag Bol here but instead gorgeous authentic dishes in a sophisticated and intimate setting.

Located in the heritage-listed Taylor-Heaslop building (circa 1889) right in the heart of Woolloongabba’s antique and cafe quarter, 1889 Enoteca is an award-winning  restaurant that also has a beautiful vinaio, (Enoteca means wine library). It also has a beautiful underground cellar for private dining and functions.

Best for : Ladies that lunch / Anniversary dinner/Private room 

Brisbane's best italian food

brisbane italian food


Julius Pizzeria – South Brisbane

If you’re a theatre goer or die-hard foodie chances are you’ve been to Julius Pizzeria and if you have then you’re already hooked! 

One of Brisbane’s best-loved Italian eateries and located at the end of gastronomy heaven – Fish Lane, Julius is perfect for a quick pre or post Theater meal or a casual group catch up. The pizza’s great, service is brisk and friendly and there’s a great little bar if you need to wait for your table ( walk ins always welcome!)

Best for : Theatre goers/casual catch ups

brisbane italian food


Brisbane's best italian food

New Farm Deli – New Farm

Probably Brisbane’s most iconic Deli and much-loved by many, New Farm Deli is a testament to decades of hard work and dedication by the Arnelo family. 

With a huge new extension and a staff of over 50 people the Deli remains one of the best places in Brisbane to devour generous home cooked style Italian food and stock up on amazing produce, cakes and delicacies for home as well. You can find us here at least once a week .

Best for : Long lazy lunches/foodies

Brisbane's best italian food

Pizzalunga da Carlo – Nundah

Pizzalunga da Carlo is fairly new to the Brisbane scene but it’s already created quite an impression. The signature dish is metre long wood fired pizzas which are as delicious as they are huge ! They even do a Nutella desert pizza which I have to say is bloody yummy!!

Located at the back of a new suburban shopping centre and run by a young family you can feel the love and passion in the service and the meals that are coming out of this kitchen. This reminds me a lot of some of the small family run places in the back canals of Venice. They make a mean Aperol Spritz too ! 

Best for : families and large groups 

Brisbane's best italian food

The Rustic Olive – Redcliffe

A favourite of residents on the Peninsula I was referred to The Rustic Olive by a friend and I can see why it’s so popular!

With a great beachfront location right on the Peninsula and boasting a MASSIVE menu – over 35 pasta dishes! The Rustic Olive will make you feel like you are in Naples dining with the loud local families. And its BYO !

Best for : Large Groups / Families

photo credit ; Emma Robinson

brisbane italian food

Vine – New Farm

Vine is a beautiful small suburban bistro run by professional and respected Italian brothers and their loyal team. They produce  generous, quality dishes using fresh locally sourced ingredients. We’ve taken quite a few people there over the years and it’s always been a winner. Reliable, consistent and well priced too. 

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner or even just a quiet drink at the bar. Eating at Vine reminds me of our favourite little trattoria in Florence.

Best for : Date night/small groups


brisbane italian food

photo credit Vine

Tartufo – Fortitude Valley

Tartufo is a big beautiful restaurant with a fit out and feel that would not be out of place in Rome. There is a casual pizzeria style space near the bar or you can dine in the a-la-carte dining hall with its beautiful red banquets and white table cloths.

Outstanding service and beautiful elegant food. Regularly booked solid even on week nights – plan ahead !

Best for : Special occasion celebrations

brisbane italian food


brisbane italian food

Pennisi Cuisine – Wooloongabba 

Not all choices when it comes to Brisbane Italian Food have to involve dining out. Pennisi Cuisine is an old style wholesale food outlet that’s open to the public with fresh and imported produce that’s half the price of the average deli or supermarket.

This is where you can pick up your Balsamic glaze, fresh Porcini mushrooms, Truffle oil and pasta. There is even a huge South American section ! If you need help Mama will happily show you around – just ask her ‘darlin’!

Best for : cooking at home

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Do you have a favourite Italian place ?

I’d love to know about any other great Brisbane Italian food options. Drop a comment below and I’ll check it out!


  1. Wow ! I seriously thought Brisbane was pretty backwards when it comes to world class cuisine. I’m start to think I need to rethink that :-/

  2. Sandra your Italian selection is versatile, informative & really makes me want to get out and try all of your recommendations. You really do a wonderful job putting your blogs together. Thanks again for the beautiful choices. Kim🥂

  3. Amanda

    Got to be ‘what’s in the pot?’ At Redcliffe. Rustic Italian made by gorgeous staff that welcome you like family.

  4. Lisa

    Bella Cosi at Chermside. Is a must!

  5. Ceri

    Arriva, New Farm

  6. Ceri

    Viale Canova, Clayfield

  7. Anonymous

    How about trying storia on queen brisbane open Monday to Friday breakfast lunch and dinner Thursday and Friday nights

  8. Anonymous

    Got to try what’s in the pot at Redcliffe…service and food to die for 🙂 do yourself a favour

  9. Anonymous

    Absolutely Yes! 🙂

  10. Anonymous

    number one in Brisbane

  11. sandra

    Will do next time we are on the Peninsula !

  12. sandra

    Have not heard of it so thanks for the tip !

  13. sandra

    Have heard great things about this place – must try it soon !

  14. sandra

    Great for a quick casual feed. I felt New Farm was getting a bit over respresented but then again it is where the Italian Migrants settled so makes sense !

  15. sandra

    Have not heard of this. Is it part of the new Westfield expansion ?

  16. sandra

    Thanks for the tip – someone else has mentioned this one too

  17. sandra

    Thank you for your kind words ! Great to get some encouragement x

  18. sandra

    Its grown up. A lot !

  19. Kate

    If you need a researcher Melbourne I’ll take one for the team! 🙂

  20. budgettraveltalk

    Loved this post Sandy. I would like to try Vine next time I’m in Brisbane.

  21. sandra

    let me know if you do Jan !

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