A cosy neighbourhood trattoria is always a vibe, and Coorparoo’s new Ramona Trattoria is no different. The passion project of European-Australian chef Ashley-Maree Kent, this 48-seat Italian spot is dishing up elevated casual dining in the 'burbs.
Kent has worked in hatted restaurants across Australia, including Quay, Three Blue Ducks and Paper Daisy, and her experience shines through on the plate. While the menu will change slightly each month based on seasonal produce availability, the opening line up features the likes of antipasti such as fried mozzarella sandwiches and ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers, and pizzas topped with mushroom and sage ragu pork and fennel sausage. Their real specialty, however, is the hand-shaped pasta, made in house and served up in dishes like wild boar ragu, butternut pumpkin triangoli di zucca with brown butter and sage or a simple but perfect cacio e pepe.
The drinks list is just as enticing, with a carefully selected selection of natural and conventional wines as well as cocktails like the Ramona’s Martini, with gin, yellow tomato, black petter vermouth and basil oil and the Rossini Spritz, with chardonnay agrodolce, vodka and roasted strawberry.
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