From the archive: This post was published on our original site, MyCityLife back on 27 May 2014
Everyone loves a good Italian: Pizza, pasta, Giogio Armani fashion, Ermenegildo Zegna shoes, Lamborghinis; and for the week of May 26 to June 2, Italian Week hits Brisbane.
Brisbane has been built on our Italians; there’s a small piece of Italy on every street corner. If the way to your heart is with a Chianti or Prosecco and a saucy bolognaise, Brisbane’s Italian Stallions will keep Brisbane warm for you. Get your Italian speaking mode on, and celebrate: That’s amore!
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The best style in the world is Italian, and we can get our hands on that style in Brisbane, thanks to our Italian fashionistas. Elio Moda and Germanicos Bespoke Tailors in Brisbane will look after your man’s fashion needs. Explore Portside Hamilton where even Ermenegildo Zegna dares to tread, with Urbbana Men’s Style Studio. Gail Sorronda on James Street and Lynch Fashion Marketing in West End keeps the ladies looking glam. Though not necessarily Italian, Milano’s Fashion Houses would still love Sans Peur Workshop on James Street.
Brisbane is in the third wave of the bean where we can just stay where we are for that perfect caffeinated brew. Veneziano roasters with First Pour on Montague Road in West End know the way to go. Merlo, the first coffee family to have a propa coffee machine in Queensland has been guiding coffee since the 1950s – there’s no such thing as coffee in Queensland without them. Head to Brisbane‘s epicentre where Bellezza is the hero of Vittoria – they make Al Pacino look grizzled and tired. Sorry Al #notsorry.
If you’ve read a Time For Truth by Tony Bellino, you’ll understand very well that the inner city belongs to the Italians. Tartufo at Emporium produces the most flavoursome pizza and pasta this side of Rome. Beccofino Pizzeria in Teneriffe is more along the Northern Italian influences where simple is pure pleasure: Rucola e Parmigiano and Margherita pizza are the ducks nuts. Bucci brings light Italian food with the freshest of seasonal food and produce to James Street. Head to Eat Street Markets with Jake & Elle’s Little Italy for your weekend cannoli and ravioli needs.
Inner City, The Treasury Hotel & Casino has their special Italian week deal going, bringing a slice of Italy to our front door. Riverside, Il Centro’s new Sunday set lunch menu sees two or three courses served beautifully. For your own piece of authentic Italian Stallion, Vintaged Bar + Grill at The Hilton Brisbane Hotel serves up Sous Chef Dario Fiorino cooking flavour into your steak.
Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar in South Bank serves up quite the Italian treats while at 1889 Entoeca in East Brisbane, expect the best in Italian fine dining. Check here for their very special offer, only available to VIPs – that is, Very Special Italians.
Riverside, Mr & Mrs G Riverbar has plenty of warmth and generosity to offer with their fine wines menu or signature Florintini cocktail. From M&A in The Valley, Locanda Osteria & Bar brings antipasto and a glass of Prosecco to you and your friends. Cloudland’s incredible setting transports you around the world. Get into those oysters and enjoy the Garden of Swing right through to Super Saturdays.
There’s nothing better than La Dolce Vita. Emporium Hotel in The Valley and Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast are five star destinations where luxury boutique and custom design brings Armani and Versace to our doorstep. Go forth and indulge.
Italian Wheels are sexy wheels, and Ducati in Tennyson are the monsters of the road. Or get into top gear with Lamborghini from Wickham Street in The Valley. More lights means more TRON – extra Italian, more power, more sexy.
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For forty years Angelo’s Fresh Pasta in The Valley has been serving up their Italian meals to your kitchen, while New Farm Deli dishes out wheels of cheeses and house-made cured charcuterie for your very own antipasto. Because that’s amore. Domestic Goddess Dominique Rizzo wants to educate your palate, with her book My Taste of Sicily taking you on an exploration into the foods and wines of Southern Italy – if not the tour itself.