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Sasso Italiano Restaurant Review

The neighbourhood Italian trattoria that’s worth travelling for.

Embracing la dolce vita, we arrive at Sasso Italiano and find ourselves amidst the lively ambiance of patrons lingering over a leisurely lunch, immersed in spirited conversation, the clinking of glasses and inviting aromas echo the restaurant’s welcoming vibe – this is Sasso Sundays.

As we step inside the Brisbane eatery, it’s clear that Sasso Italiano isn’t just another restaurant; it’s a gathering place that encapsulates the essence of neighbourhood camaraderie.

 The décor exudes an air of modern sophistication, with its terracotta hues and gracefully curved banquettes and walls adorned with vintage-style art. We’re ushered to the long banquette under the window and while the street views of Woolloongabba holds little appeal, the interior view of fellow diners engaged in animated conversations and the skilled bar staff meticulously crafting cocktails paints a more convivial picture.

As we settle in, the sound of the cocktail shaker at work beckons us to explore the drinks list. We choose a Sorrento Sour and Positano Spritz to kick things off. The Sorrento Sour is a harmonious blend of orange blossom gin, Sicilian lemon marmalade and aromatic herbs, which transport you to the sun-kissed shores of Italy with every sip. The extensive list of Negroni offerings and Italian classics is reason enough for a return visit.

Sasso’s menu is filled with Italian favourites, ranging from house-made pastas to wood-fired pizzas and an array of seafood delights. Our culinary journey starts with seasonal arancini, a crispy orb filled with mushroom and smoked mozzarella, elevated by an indulgent dusting of pecorino and side of truffle mayo. The signature house-made bread pairs perfectly with the oozy burrata that practically begs to be mopped up.

Chef Alessandro Conti’s commitment to sourcing the freshest ingredients is evident in every dish. Chef Conti joins us at the table and cheerily tell us that he personally selected today’s flathead at Sunnybank Fish Markets in the wee hours this morning. The char grilled fish arrives swimming in lemon butter and capers accompanied by a crisp insalata and shoestring fries topped with truffle pecorino cheese and a side of aioli, making the ensemble a masterpiece of balance.

Sasso Italiano’s dolci offerings boast Italian classics like cannoli, panna cotta and tiramisu. While tempting, we haven’t even left room for affogato and finish happily sated.

Service was on point, with the Sasso team providing warm, genuine and attentive service, creating an impeccable dining experience.

Renowned for its lively twist on traditional Italian cuisine and memorable Italian eats, Sasso delivers on family style dining designed for sharing. Whether for a relaxed long lunch, festive celebration or quick bite, Sasso Italiano hits the spot – a true neighbourhood gem worth travelling for.

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Sasso Italiano
4/148 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102
What’s New: Sasso Sundays
New Sunday Lunch service from 11:30am-3:30pm
Featuring: Roasted Porchetta, Whole Roasted Snapper, ½ price magnums of Rameau d'Or Rose and Dal Zotto Cal Fondo NV Prosecco
The writer was a guest of Sasso Italiano. Images: supplied/Sally Scott
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