At the Manuka shops.PROFILED BY DE GROOTS MEDIA
While Italian food is hardly novel in Australia, and we can safely say it is a cuisine that has become a household staple, it is still nice to go out and have someone else do the cooking once in a while. So, if you’re in the mood, look no further than Belluci’s – a household name in Canberra, renowned for serving up delicious cuisine since 2000. The sleek interior of the Manuka Belluci’s, and its propitious placement in the cafe district, belie the heartfelt “just like mama” dishes being prepared inside. Polished concrete and glass walls can make it a noisy (but pleasant) dining experience. Popular with groups and families, it can fill up quickly on busy weekend nights – so book ahead and don’t expect romantic intimacy.
That said, you should expect some finely crafted dishes. A short-but-sweet wine list has some classic Italian wines, as well as more unusual varieties both from here and abroad.