Brisbane continues its love affair with Italian dining with Lorenzo Nobilio set to open Osteria Epoca in Yeronga.
From salami pizza at Beccofino to butterflied spatchcock at Otto, Brisbane has a full plate of Italian restaurants. But there’s always an appetite for more, as two new eateries testify.
Opening in November, in a former post office on Orontes Rd, is Osteria Epoca in Yeronga. Owner-chef Lorenzo Nobilio draws inspiration from the big, rowdy gatherings of his childhood, where food and family converged under a sprawling New Farm Queenslander.
“There’d be a whole pig cooked over a wood fire in the backyard, and of course lots of pasta and antipasto to share,” he says. Slow-cooked porchetta will also be a highlight at the new venture, along with pastas and mains that will change monthly. The “Leave it to Lorenzo” menu is a fuss-free, family-style feast of the best of that day’s offerings.
The restaurant’s dining room takes up the middle level of the building, spilling out to a back deck. Up a couple of stairs is the alimentari (provisions store) and a 10-seat salumi bar, while an espresso machine in the window catches your eye on the footpath. The bar occupies the lower level.
But perhaps the best seat in the house will be in the park across the road. Nobilio will have blankets and bocce sets available for use, echoing another of his childhood memories.