Italian

Food News – Casa Barilla

It’s Monday night and I’m wondering whether an after-work cooking class at the Casa Barilla Italian Cooking School might have been ambitious.

Casoni

If you loved this spot as Foley Lane, you should breathe easier knowing that Nathan Moses and Julian Marchetto are still very much behind this new incarnation.

DiWine

Working the Darlo Italian wine bar turf is newcomer DiWine. It’s tucked in between perennial favourites, Lucio Pizzeria and Phamish, in the lively Republic 2 courtyard.

Food News – La Casa

Gentle bread-stuffed veal polpette with bright tomato passata, and yards of chewy-crusted, wood-fired pizza are my resounding happy memories of the relaunch of La Casa Ristorante in Russell Lea last month.

Bar Fly: DiWine

Recently-single life involves me living off a diet of hotdogs and vodka-based girlie drinks, so while I was intimidated at the thought of checking out some swanky-sounding new Italian wine bar, I was also excited at the prospect of eating something that wasn't wrapped in bread.

QT Canberra

It’s high time someone was brave enough to have some fun with politicians. From Tony Abbott quotes about election campaigns being “budgie smuggler free zones” in the in-room guide; to crazy past'n'present Prime Minister wallpaper; to press pack paparazzi bursting from the lifts; this hotel takes a youthful, pop-art approach to reflecting its location in our nation’s capital.

Candelori’s Ristorante & Bar

Everything’s bigger out West. Candelori’s, situated in an unassuming strip of shops in Smithfield, is no exception.

Alfio’s

Leveraging off a series of legendary pop-ups, including one in Opera Australia’s back lot, the Full Circle crew have snaffled semi-permanent digs on a sundrenched back street in Leichhardt.

La Tratt

La Tratt, the flagship of Fairfield RSL, is a surprising restaurant; delivering everything you’d expect from a CBD hotspot without any pretentiousness.

Food News – Fairfield RSL

In the week that former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died, I spent time in his old electorate, Werriwa. I was there visiting Fairfield RSL, touted as the gastronomic destination of the West.