Restaurant Reviews

Italian & Sons: Restaurant review

Italian & Sons

Address

7 Lonsdale St
Braddon, Canberra, ACT

Hours

Lunch Tue-Fri noon-2pm;
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

E $16-$23
M $29-$34
D $15-$17

REVIEW

While the name evokes images of checked cloths and wax-encrusted Chianti bottles, Italian & Sons is a niftily modern affair. Pendant lamps cast a glow across a buzzy, sleek, timber-panelled space, and the wine list contrasts edgy naturals with the legends of Tuscany and Piedmont. The kitchen turns out classic pizze and pasta, but shakes things up with specials and shared plates. Kick off with fiery 'nduja and outstanding focaccia – crisp, light and rich with rosemary and olive oil. Hand-rolled pici noodles are tossed through a quail and porcini ragù made more decadent with smoked butter, and the wood-fired oven does wonders for Chianti-braised veal cheeks. Desserts get a contemporary makeover, among them a stunning pear and almond-brioche pudding enriched by amaretto-based zabaglione. Service? As warm and assured as tradition demands.

Phone:
(02) 6162 4888

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Pasquale Trimboli

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.