Here at Gourmand & Gourmet we realise that family isn’t necessarily about blood, or even who you grow up with: sometimes it can be about who you share your food with. Step into Ristorante La Famiglia and you will feel like you’ve come home, and that’s just the way owners Deborah and Cosimo want you to feel.
Nestled away down Woolloongabba’s Trafalgar Lane, you can’t get much more authentic than Ristorante La Famiglia. Owner Cos (whom we secretly want to adopt us) hails from the Puglia region in the south of Italy, and his passion for his home country is clear in both the décor and menu.
Leave your clichés of red checked table cloths and tiled floors at the door, instead inside you’ll find trendy, modern decor. With exposed brick, sleek black walls, and painting montages of Cos’s home town Molfetta, Ristorante La Famiglia will make you forget you’re across the road from the Gabba and transport you to the old country.
Authentic Italian dining is at the heart of the restaurant, and what better way to experience this than the traditional form of Italian dining – starting with an assaggini (first course), followed by pasta, secondi and ending with dolci.
You won’t find reheated lasagne or flavourless spag bol here. Instead, start your experience with delicious fresh oysters or antipasto, then move on orecchiette alle cime de rapa (orecchiette with broccoli leaves, chilli and pancetta) or garganelli al ragu. Next experience the pure bliss that polleto in padella (pan roasted, Italian herb crusted spatchock) or oven roasted pork belly, will bring to your life. Then finish with the pannacotta or cannoli of the day. No watery tiramisu, no signore.
For those of us who are both sugar fiends and indecisive, look no further than the dessert share plates. Perfect for those who want to sample all of the sweet treats, like miniature ricotta cannoli, bomboloni al cioccolato (Italian donuts), panacotta and Nutella brownies, with plates available for two or four.
More about that savoury life? Tuesday night is gnocchi night, and this is no instant special. The gnocchi is made fresh, hand rolled every Tuesday morning and comes with traditional sauces like alla sorrentina, quattro fromaggi and basil pesto. Bellissmo!
Finally, we believe that an Italian meal without wine is basically breakfast, and so do La Famiglia. The extensive wine list includes Australian and New Zealand varities – but it’s the Italian wines that shine. Try the chianti, sangiovese or beautiful varvaglione from Puglia – we dare you to find a better Italian wine list in Brisbane!
So bring your famiglia, or make a new one here (seriously, please adopt us), Ristorante La Famiglia is waiting with open arms – and lots of delicious food.