Emporium, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
07 3852 1500
Set among the fashionable restaurants of the Valley’s Emporium, Tartufo exemplifies 1920s European glamour and classic Italian charm.
Since opening in the previously owned space of Belle Époque, Tartufo’s grand decor and award-winning seasonal menu have fast earned it a reputation as one of the Brisbane’s best restaurants.
The restaurant’s success is unsurprising, given the experience and pedigree of its Naples-born Executive Chef, Tony Percuoco – of the renowned Percuoco restaurateurs. After moving to Australia, Tony cut his teeth as chef at the Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong, the Hilton, Regent and Wentworth hotels before being invited to join his father Mario and brother Armando at their famed Pulcinella Restaurant in Kings Cross.
Tony then went on to open Senso Unico in Surry Hills, NSW, which he ran for nine years before moving to the Gold Coast. There, he opened several restaurants including Grissini, Studio Assaggini, Bocconcini and the acclaimed Ristorante Fellini, which he ran for 15 years. He also partnered with his brother Carlo and sister Anna to open the Pastificio Fellini pasta factory and Ecostudio Fellini, a five-acre property situated in the foothills of Springbrook Mountain in Mudgeeraba.
However, Tony eventually fell in love with Brisbane. Enchanted by the European splendour of Belle Époque, which reminded him of the grand old restaurants of Galleria Umberto in Naples, Tony opened Tartufo in the same space in 2010.
Tartufo (Italian for truffle) specialises in regional dishes from Naples and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo, with a modern ‘Percuoco’ twist. The produce is sourced within a 400km radius of Brisbane where possible.
For a casual feast, opt for the pizzeria menu. Tony is passionate about his pizza, taking inspiration from the world famous Brandi, da Michele and Trianon da Circo pizzerias to create mouth-wateringly delicate, authentic pizzas.
You’ll want to take your time at the ristorante, with its beautifully curated, classic Italian menu. Start with a selection of appetisers and entrées such as the salted cod balls or the house made linguini served with wild and cultivated mushrooms, butter, mascarpone, sage and truffle paste.
Although the menu changes seasonally, opt for the Cotoletta Alla Valdostana if it’s available. This pan-fried veal rack with almond breadcrumb crust, filled with sage and prosciutto and served with rocket and lemon, is a constant favourite amongst Brisbane’s food lovers. Those who steer away from red meat can rejoice, with seven-course Vegetarian and Pescatarian degustation available with optional matching wines. Banquet style menus are also available for groups of eight or more.
Diners can wash their meals down with something from the wine bar, with its impressive menu of local and imported beers and wines and appropriately large offering of Italian varietals.
The wine bar also caters for those looking for a drink and something light or just dessert, in true Italian style. Perch at the bar with an aperol spritz and snack on freshly handmade calzoni fritti, or duck in for a round of hazelnut, nougat semifreddo served with crostoli and pear purée.
If authentic, high quality Italian food is what you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than Tartufo.