Brisbane, Queensland

An Italian experience right to the very heart, Chermside's award-winning Bella Cosi combines traditional, home-style food and a stylish, contemporary setting. All your favourite Italian dishes are available, with the menu divided up into pasta, risotto and substantial mains. The kitchen's signature dish is a tajine of Moreton Bay bugs, king prawns, black lip mussels, squid, clams and fish goujons cooked in a white wine broth.
Opening Times

22 Thomas Street
Tel: +61 7 3100 9620
Italian, Seafood
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Quietly nestled away in a peaceful Chermside backstreet, a contemporary Italian family run restaurant with roots firmly planted in the art of traditional authentic cuisine is quickly earning a reputation in the hearts and tummies of Brisbane patrons. Typical to traditional Italian cooking culture, Bella Cosi Restaurant mixes passion, culinary art, fresh ingredients, heavily-guarded secrets and age-old recipes to create the perfect dishes. The restaurant does a simple-yet-lovely breakfast on weekdays, but truly works her charm at lunch and dinner times. Always a favourite, the flamboyant antipasto with in-house marinated vegetables, deliciously juicy olives and crunchy bread is the perfect beginning to the Italian feast. Freshly made pastas served in genuine Italian-sized portions include cannelloni ceppo (chicken, spinach and ricotta pasta tubes baked with a Parmesan crust) and heavenly oven-baked beef lasagne.

The striking wall-sized murals depicting quaint modern day Italia, with cobbled stone streets and breezy cafe scenes add to the charm of this relaxed, smart atmosphere. The main dish of prawn and mushroom risotto with fresh prawn cutlets, saffron, button mushrooms and pine nuts finished with herbs and Parmesan cheese is superb. Another Italian sensation, scaloppine al fungi can't be overlooked – its tender veal escallops, sauteed shallots and mushrooms are flamed with brandy and finished with red wine jus. The chef is somewhat of a genius with the tiramisu – fluffy layers of sponge cake with Marsala and coffee sabayon perfect for after, before and (dare I say) during a meal. With alluring red, white and black interior, pleasant and passionate staff and exceptional Italian cooking, Bella Cosi Restaurant is the Italian experience all over.
Katharine Chapman
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Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
This restaurant does not have any awards.
22 Thomas Street
Chermside QLD 4012
In Brisbane's northern district of Chermside.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Jen - 16/12/2012
My third visit to Bella Cosi, and the best! Service is always friendly, attentive & professional. Italian waiters add their charm! We took a Byo bottle but were offered a special wine list, lots of great deals, so we took our bottle home! Knowing the portions are generous, we shared an entree of salted cod croquettes & seared scallops... Very well presented, but not piping hot, & the potato base for the baccala was not as smooth as it could be. Scallops were perfectly seared. Accompanied by a delicious tomato relish. Great starter. Mains were pasta based, all house made, and I enjoyed my cannelloni, one roll baked & filled with generous quantities of pure chicken mince, herbs, perfectly seasoned, and luscious home made sauce. Mr B enjoyed a steak based rigatoni. We couldn't resist the temptation of house made ice cream, 3 small scoops in a martini glass to complete a delicious meal. Very enjoyable, and best of all it's within walking distance!
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