Nativo Kitchen and Wine Bar
61 Petrie Terrace, Paddington QLD
07 33676 8577
In the heart of Brisbane’s thriving Paddington, finding Italian cuisine that is both of top quality and wholesomely authentic can be hard to come by. However, a true Italian native will know this one the second they see it – if the name Nativo (the Italian translation of native) doesn’t give it away, the scent of delicious pasta and pizza wafting from within most certainly will.
Moving into the Paddington Barracks, the Nativo Kitchen and Wine Bar sets a true Italian scene before even a morsel of food is consumed. A mural of the Tuscan landscape spans the back wall, set against the stripped-back design that plays on the existing structures of the historical space. Outside, the open-air courtyard sets an idyllic scene, reminiscent of its Tuscan inspiration.
Head Chef, Chris Sells, has taken the native mandate very much to the core of his menu, and this one’s not for sharing. Stepping away from modern, fine dining trends of share plates and bite sized nibbles, Chris’s menu is going back-to-basics with traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners of grand proportions.
Whether you’re visiting the Barracks or stopping in to start your day the Italian way on your way to work, Nativo’s breakfast menu is decked out with nourishing dishes that will sustain you all day long. Noteworthy is the Nativo big breakfast, with a ciabatta and polenta base topped with wood smoked bacon, roasted mushrooms, fennel, garlic sausage, balsamic tomatoes and poached eggs with a little fig relish on the side. Wash it back with a freshly brewed cup of Nativo’s rich house blend coffee with subtle bitterness countered by deep hints of chocolate.
In true Italian style, reminiscent of those long summer days when lunch rolls over into dinner, the main menu is served from midday all the way through till close. The antipasti range is decked out with all of the classics, such as the Salumi Italiani board with a selection of cold cuts, olives, agrodolce and grissini to nibble on whilst your mains are prepared. Whether you’re pining after a big bowl of spaghetti alle vongole or opting for their signature 48-hour slow cooked veal Osso Bucco you can be sure that whatever is set down before you will be truly molto bene.
It wouldn’t be a true Italian feast without a pizza or two, like the quattro formaggi doused in bocconcini, taleggio, asiago and gorgonzola cheeses or gamberi with tiger prawns, bocconcini, basil and a serious chilli kick. Top it off with a sweet note of tiramisu, or if you just can’t decide, opt for the gelato tre gusti to sample the vanilla bean, chocolate and strawberry gelatos in all their authentic goodness.
Nativo’s wine list boasts an extensive selection of Italian wines, as well as a few local drops. Cocktails, like the Nativo Sour shaking up Aperol, Campari, Yellow Chartereuse and grapefruit juice will be poured in abundance, alongside international beers, ciders and a large collection of top tier spirits.
It’s always a good time for pasta, and with attentive staff, decadent food and a buzzing ambience to be enjoyed at Nativo – that’s amore.