Popolo means ‘people’, and the restaurant promotes the Italian art of feasting in a group. Paul Holden (ex-Malt Dining) sources the best and freshest ingredients to make a range of Italian classics that are ideal for sharing with family and friends. The open and airy restaurant overlooks the Brisbane River, and it has a relaxed ambience. Bentwood chairs, comfy cushions and charming wooden tables add to the casual feel.
The regularly changing menu covers all the Italian staples, from pizza to pasta. Antipasto includes the favourites – salumi, cheese, pickled vegetables, mustard fruits, olives and breads. A well-presented dish, it is simple but tasty. Ravioli con zucca e ricotta are steamed and lightly pan-fried until they are crisp on the outside and soft in the centre. They lounge in a sweet pumpkin puree, and are served with burnt sage butter, amaretti crumble and grana padano.
PSST! Many of the excellent wines are available in half-bottle carafes, which are perfect for two.