Gianni’s Kitchen is a charming slice of traditional Italy – part restaurant and bar, part deli - tucked away in a side street of industrial Newstead.
Occupying a dual space that to one side is a colourful trattoria and bar and the other a deli and providore where patrons can pick up the cooking ingredients they’ve just enjoyed in a meal next door, Gianni’s Kitchen is one of the gastronomic gems of Newstead.
The dining area and bar occupies an ambient room adorned with wall murals of Italian street scenes, with tables set with red white and green glassware and a pizza oven overlooking proceedings, while quirky additions are bottle top bar stools.
Meantime outside a spacious terrace offers al fresco dining with umbrella-shaded tables and chairs, perfect for balmy summer nights.
The menu at Gianni’s is one that is deceptively simple and great value, just like a Nonna’s kitchen but presided over by an Italian executive chef who takes the dishes to another level.
At lunch diners can indulge in something light like Italian filled pane sandwiches, insalata, feast on wood-fired traditional pizza or mix and match their own pasta.
In the evening pastas (all made on premise) are part of the Primi Piatti and all come highly recommended - think Linguine Alla Pescatore, Lasagne Toscana and Rigatoni Con Polpette Nonna (short pasta with meatballs and green peas in a rich tomato sauce.
And look out for the taste sensation that chef Rossano Tantolli has created – a divine chocolate macaroni pasta with cream of smoked cheese on a bed of deep fried crispy parmesan.
For secondi diners can chose from a handful of tradItional dishes like Scaloppine Al Funghi or an extended pizza manu including Le Rosse (tomato base), Le Bianche ( white-based, in olive oil), Calzone or Focacce.
And to precede the mains, a range of delicious antipasti include Arancini Siciliana, Carrozza Veneziana ( Mozzarella, Ham and Anchoives wrapped in special dough), Bruschetta and Calamari Fritti.
Meanwhile for dessert, try the luscious Crostata di Fichi E Noci (fig and wholenut tart with fig ice-cream), Tiramisu or Profitterol Milanese (with hazelnut custard and topped with pistachio ice-cream and hot choclolate).
At Gianni’s the wine list is strictly Italian, except for French champagne like Cristal Louis Roederer and alongside the extensive red, white and rose list are an exclusive selection of vintage wines, ranging up to $900 for a bottle of 1970 Biondi Santi Brunello.
Beers are also mostly Italian – Birra Moretti or Birra Italia, Peroni Leggera and Peroni Nastro Azzurro, with a handful of craft beers like Blue Moon and Samuel Adams.
Cocktails are on the classic side – think Bellini, Rossini and Negroni along with classics like the Manhattan and bottled Italian soft drinks include Chinotto, Aranciata and Limonata.
Need to know – There is also a pint-sized Bambini menu with a mix of Italian and standard dishes for under $10.
5 Kyabra St