South Bank’s Grey Street dining district has a new addition – Nonna’s Pizza & Deli. This Italian restaurant, bar, and deli offers classic Italian hospitality for every occasion with delicious food, inviting décor, designer drinks, and welcoming staff.
Volunteering as an ever-willing tribute I’ve spent the last three days at Nonna’s to test out the full experience…
Day 1 – The Launch Party
The invite-only launch party was a very glamourous affair. Taking place the day before the public launch, the event served not only as a one-of a kind house warming party to welcome the new restaurant to the South Bank family, but a hint to the trendy night life possibilities of their sister venue Bar Italia.
Bar Italia is an elegant cocktail bar open from 5pm daily and celebrates good food and good drink in equal measure. Taste the mouth-watering tapas and signature drinks like spritzes and negronis, along with local and imported beers and a generous selection of Italian, Australian, and New Zealand wines.
If you’re looking to replicate this opulent event, Nonna’s Pizza & Deli also offers function hosting for up to 80 guests.
Day 2 – Dinner
Coming back for round-2 the following evening, Nonna’s was now welcoming the public with warm inviting arms. Whether a family, solo diner, or a couple of hungry friends looking for a mid-week catchup, no one left Nonna’s disappointed.
Overlooking the iconic South Bank Parklands and the magnificent fairy-lit trees, the warmly lit and smartly furnished restaurant served up a feast. At the party the night before, it was hard to miss the hero piece of the room, a massive woodfire oven decorated in a mosaic of shiny black tiles. Tonight, we not only got to taste the delicious products that headline the restaurant’s name, but smell the comforting fragrance of a burning woodfire at work.
The service was prompt and friendly, and I think the only drawback was the lack of a good Italian garlic bread on the appetiser menu. That being said, by the time we finished our meal, I’m not sure we could have fit any in anyway.
Day 3 – Breakfast
A sleepy South Bank morning with the promise of rain was brightened again by the welcoming staff at Nonna’s.
Offering a delectable range of breakfast classics (smashed avo and mango granola bowls), along with some Italian twists (including woodfired mushrooms on toast and a Sardinian benedict) this could quickly become South Bank’s go-to brunch venue.
The deli section of Nonna’s Pizza & Deli showcased piadina sandwiches, flatbreads, along with sweet and savoury pastries. Each perfect to order on the go, perhaps for a picnic by the river or workday lunch with all the love and nostalgia of a home packed meal from Nonna herself.
Located a hop skip and a jump from South Bank car park and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Nonna’s Pizza & Deli is a modern Australian restaurant offering an authentic Italian experience.
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