Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that make you feel in control – like a little pot of basil on your table. Pick a few (or more) leaves to add to an insanely good insalata caprese made with generous hunks of mozzarella and olive oil-drenched crostini. This joint is popular with the lunchtime throng, who love the voluptuous, contemporary Italian fare. Mix-and-match pasta and pizza dishes include plenty of yummy vegetarian options such as glorious pesto rosso or crema di funghi. But carnivores, worry not: decadent, bacon-spiked lasagne and calzone will please the most meat-loving palate. Playful cocktails and Riot wine on tap add to the convivial mood.
Open seven days for lunch and dinner
Best for: A quick, reliable range of Italian favourites
Fab factor: The fresh herbs ready to be picked to sprinkle on your meal
Address: Shop DG02, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra
Phone number: (02) 6113 0680