Nestled amongst the new restaurant precinct on Railway Tce, Milton is the aptly named new Italian restaurant La Stazione (The Station) which hails from the team of award winning Gold Coast Restaurant Cicchetti.
Welcomed by Restaurant co-owner Luca Giacomin, the SheBrisbane team instantly felt at home with the friendly staff, the aromas of beautiful food and the warm fitout, right down to the colourful glassware and utensils.
What instantly makes this Italian restaurant differ to others around Brisbane is they serve up traditional Italian cuisine with a focus on sharing. The price tag reflects this concept with small plates starting at $8 and large plates averaging at $27. For someone like myself who loves Italian and also loves to taste everyone else’s dishes, this was the perfect solution.
La Stazione kitchen is headed by Italian born Executive Chef Fabio Ricciardi who grew up working in his family restaurant in Modena, Italy and is most recently from Bianco Restaurant, Brighton Le Sands in Sydney.
I mentioned authentic, and La Stazione deserves this in their description. Married to an Italian and a regular visitor to the country, I was delighted to see a menu that was sprinkled heavily with authenticity. From the Spaghetti alla Carbonara with fresh egg through to the Burrata e Pomodoro and Pizza which base has 48 hours dough levitation and each pizza is hand stretched to order.
There were three of us for lunch and we all were happy to share, which means we sampled 7 items off the menu – 4 small plates and 3 large plates. My personal highlights was tenderness of the Polpo (braised octopus tentacles, potato puree and smoked paprika), the twist on gnocchi with the (goat cheese and chives house made gnocchi with chunky veal ragu and pecorino) and Risotto di Montagna (carnaroli risotto, mixed Italian forest mushrooms, truffle and pecorino cheese). I particularly loved the theatre of the Risotto being mixed and served from a pecorino cheese wheel.
And then there is the wine which has been selected with great care and attention by an Italian Sommelier. If you want to try Italian wines and also step outside the regular brands you find on most wine lists, you have it all here. The Fratelli Chianti was the highlight.
For those that work in the area, a $15 lunch time menu is available with all the traditional favourites like Lasagne, Spaghettii Bolognese and Carbonara. However there is the lighter option of a Super Food Salad.
I have already lined up the family for dinner and besides the exceptional menu, it is affordable and we can share plates which is a bonus.
La Stazione is located in Railway Tce, underneath the new Milton Residences and right next door to Milton Station with easy street parking.
La Stazione is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Monday to Friday: 11.30am till 2.30pm / 5pm till late
Saturday and Sunday: 5pm till late
Seating up to 70 people, the restaurant is also be available for functions and special events.
For more information visit www.lastazione.com.au