You can’t go wrong with Italian food… Delicious, authentic Italian food, that is. Here is OutInCanberra’s list of restaurants that have mastered Italian cuisine in our fine city; and will make a fantastic choice for dinner out on the town.
55 London Circuit, Melbourne Building, Civic
For a wonderful fine-dining experience, head to Mezzalira. This southern-Italian inspired ristorante promises to indulge all of your senses, and make you forget that you aren’t, in fact, on a European food adventure.
Known in the national foodie scene as an exquisite choice, you must try Mezzalira for yourself. Invest in its five-course tasting menu matched with Canberra region wines, or pick from a wealth of great dishes listed.
69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith
Joe’s Bar is a cosy, vibrant bar in East Hotel. It’s the perfect place to catch up for drinks and boasts an absolutely excellent menu. The kitchen’s philosophy is to utilise the best of the region’s fresh and seasonal produce for a lovely dining experience.
The menu includes a selection of traditional Italian dish with a contemporary twist, and highlights include the extensive antipasti range and food plates that are designed to be shared.
Element Building, Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore
Molto is a bustling and energetic restaurant on the Kingston Foreshore. It boasts daily specials as well as a fine selection of pasta and risotto dishes, including spaghetti made at the table. Try some of their classic Italian cocktails, or dip into the wine list featuring a mixture of Australian and Mediterranean wines.
60 Alinga Street, Civic
At Briscola, you’ll find yourself in pizza and craft beer heaven. The minimal pizza toppings are curated wonderfully just like they do in Italy, and set on a delicious pizza base.
The menu also sports some delectable dishes of other varieties — a notable choice being the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli. This venue is popular for groups and large gatherings, and the staff are friendly and efficient.
45 West Row, Melbourne Building, Civic
Mama’s Trattoria upholds the dependable, family feel that its name suggests. One of the more established Italian restaurants in the city, it remains bustling for a reason. Home-style traditional meals are served up in an understated, but authentic fashion. Offering a great range of delicious pasta dishes and hearty main meals, it will become one of your go-to restaurants.
125 Bunda Street, Civic
Jamie’s Italian has a great range of quality Italian dishes, full of flavour and variety. Owned by celebrity chef of the decade, Jamie Oliver, this restaurant always draws in a crowd. Its staff are wonderfully attentive and offer a wide range of wines and beverages to pair with your meal.
Ensure you save room for a sweet treat, as desserts never fail to disappoint at Jamie’s.
50 Bunda Street, Civic
Nestled among the bustling hub of bars and restaurants of Garema Place, Provini is another great Italian refuge in the city. Sit at the white-tableclothed tables on the balcony and enjoy. The meals are large and highly shareable, designed to satisfy all tastebuds. Affordable, atmospheric and appetising, Provini would be ideal for your next date night.