Okay, so the name is a bit of a giveaway here, but, Italian Food Restaurant is no ordinary Italian dining haunt. Striving for absolute authenticity, and a nod to the traditional trattorias of the motherland, Italian Food Restaurant is absolutely no thrills dining. Well, sort of…
The space still maintains many of the features of the former location’s now iconic restaurant, Happy Boy (which in case you’ve been living in some sort of Brisbane dining time-warp, has moved to East Street in Fortitude Valley), but has been given a fresh lease on life. This is proper, Italian-style dining. And it’s absolutely what Brisbane needs right now.
Instead of writing a long, and somewhat arduous review on why we think you should go and check it out, we’ve taken a leaf out of IFR’s book, and stripped out the fluff; here’s 10 reasons you should book a table at Italian Food restaurant, pronto!
#1. Italian Food Restaurant is housed in the beautiful ex-Happy Boy building in Spring Hill. ‘Nuff said.
#2. Oh, and it’s courtesy of the team behind Happy Boy, too—in case you haven’t cottoned on. So, expect it to be great. Bloody bunch of overachievers…
#3. IFR serves up simple, classic dishes—perfect for a cheeky post-work vino and a pasta, or lazy Friday nights with your fave people and bulk share plates.
#4. Their giant pork-stuffed ravioli pillows are wildly addictive. And beautiful.
#5. In saying that, I’d give my right arm for their tiramisu…
#6. The wine list (as completely expected) is really flying the flag for some top shelf Aussie drops; think Nebbiolo from Macedon, Pinot Grigio from the Yarra Valley, and Sangiovese from McLaren Vale. Wine buffs, take note.
#7. The menu is small but packs a punch; share dishes of carpaccio, arancino, and their gorgonzola grilled corn (words do not describe), are followed by mushroom ragu, aubergine parmigiana, pan-fried octopus, and a heavenly beef flank.
#8. Did we mention the roast chicken!?
#9. All of their dishes show their originating Italian regions—it’s a very nice touch.
#10. Anyone that says they don’t like Italian food is not to be trusted an immediately removed from your Christmas card list…
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