Launceston and North and East, Tasmania

Novaro's restaurant is the sort of place you want to return to, again and again, for the food, the buzz and the fabulous wine. The restaurant is something of a Launceston institution and it is housed in an Edwardian home in the city's CBD. The menu is distinctly Italian and the wine list offers a wide range of Tasmanian varietals.
Opening Times

28 Brisbane Street
Tel: +61 3 6334 5589
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
It's small. It's packed. It's noisy. And it's very, very good - for many the best Italian restaurant in the state. Certainly it's one of the very few to realise that Italy doesn't stop at Naples and that there's more to Italian food than pizza and pasta. Presided over for many years by the almost legendary chef Albert Taurian, it had become something of a Launceston institution when a young couple, Nicholas Hooper and Sarah Graham-Hooper, bought it five years ago. If anything, they've lifted the standard with highly professional and personal service, an elegantly stylish atmosphere suffused with a feel-good buzz and delicious food that lives up to the front-of-house promise.

Nick's cooking is simple and beautifully presented with some creative flourishes scattered through such Italian classics as carpaccio di manzo, scaloppine al vino, linguini al frutti di mare and that Sicilian favourite, lumache - snails. His variation on carpaccio is a knockout - traditionally thin-sliced raw beef with a non-traditional horseradish cream, lifted by a wonderfully complementary salad of baby beetroot, fresh goats cheese and capers. While the calf liver in the fegato alla Veneziana sometimes needs a little less pan time, things like chicken liver crostini with sage and sweet tomato and the mussels steamed till just plumped in a tangy Pinot Grigio, garlic and chilli broth demonstrate the sure touch of the kitchen. Then there are wines like a 2001 Barbaresco on an excellent list whose truffled mellowness echoes the delicious autumnal flavours of an intense mushroom linguini.
Graeme Phillips
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Historic Building
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
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28 Brisbane Street
Launceston TAS 7520
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Sam - 13/05/2013
Superb dinner last Friday night. Perfect level of attentive service. Each of our courses was perfect, the only complaint was the lamb was slightly overdone, and the abalone slightly chewy. But these aside, the overall meal and experience was sensational. I would recommend to all friends and family and would certainly visit again.
Gaye Martin - 2/06/2012
We were totally disappointed with Novaro's. I cannot understand why anyone would go back. I would never recommend this restaurant. The meals are small, tasteless and they charged us for meal and coffee we did not have. It's overpriced, overrated and not on my list. Anyone who likes this restaurant has not been to many good restaurants!
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