Only in Italy can there be a free wine fountain! Did you know the small town of Caldari di Ortona is home to a free wine fountain, which flows 24 hours a day with locally grown red wine?
What better way to celebrate Festa Della Repubblica – Italy’s National day on Friday, June 2? This holiday is similar to Independence Day in the US and marks the official formation of the Republic of Italy after World War II.
Here are five venues to say grazie to a memorable meal:
Combining a love of surfing with delicious Italian fare, Murwillumbah foodies drop by Barrels Pizza Restaurant
on Wharf Street to satisfy ravenous hunger. This family-oriented pizza joint sparkles with twinkling fairy lights alfresco as diners sip a drink of choice and people watch; while indoors tantalising aromas waft from the pizza oven and a lively buzz of conversation invites lingering over a meal with friends.
Hang ten on Friday with gourmet pizzas such as Truffelina – mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, potato, red onion, truffle oil and fior di latte.
Inspired by Southern Italy, take in stunning Sydney waterfront views and authentic cuisine at Montage Piazza
on Frazer Street in Lilyfield. This modern piazza and bar is the ideal place to watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand, or head to the whiskey bar to sample drops from around the world.
Celebrate in style on Friday with plates such as spaghetti langoustine – perfectly cooked spaghetti, bottarga, garlic, chilli, parsley and langoustine. Ciao bella!
Find Brisbane’s most-talked-about mobile wood-fired pizza experience at Dough Job Pizza
food truck. Follow the tantalising aromas wafting from the authentic Italian oven to various locations around the city to satisfy cravings for slices with a crisp exterior and fluffy inside; artisanal housemade and hand-stretched dough is lovingly prepared and set to ferment for two days to allow the yeast to work its magic.
Think slices like crispy pepperoni, smoky ham and Italian cabanossi on a BBQ sauce base; Dough Job can also cater for your next celebration or corporate function.
Referring to the time period when pizza was first created in Naples, Melburnians stop by Circa 900 Pizzeria Napoletana
on Sussex Street in Pascoe Vale to appease Italian cravings. Specialising in true Neapolitan pizza and street food using recipes passed down through generations, drop into this well-loved dining destination on Friday and relax in a warm and inviting vibe.
Slices like Tartufo – white base, fior di latte, mixed and porcini mushrooms, goats’ cheese, rocket and truffle oil – are sure to entice, or opt for ricotta and spinach ravioli.
Situated on River Esplanade, Sassone Cucina Italiana
restaurant offers panoramic views and the best of Italian cuisine in Melbourne’s Docklands. Enjoy beautiful waterside vistas along with breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked with the best quality produce available, in warm and inviting surrounds of glowing circular pendents, black-clothed tables and an interesting mix of artwork.
Pasta lovers are spoilt for choice with plates like linguine scoglio – mussels, pipis, prawns, scallops and garlic in white wine and olive oil – or four cheese gnocchi.
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