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Marinara, Paddington

It's so new it doesn't even have a sign yet, but a Italian casual diner called Marinara has opened on the town end of Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.

For those of you who know Latrobe Terrace and it's shopping attractions like the back of your hand, (you know who you are) it's directly opposite Endeavour's Retro and Vintage Labels.

With red checked table cloths and a rustic, Italian styled interior, the scene is all set for the garlic bread, scallopini, ravioli and lasagna the menu board promises.  Italian accents abound in the kitchen and the floor staff which adds to the authenticity.

It's very early days for the restaurant (open only 11 days) so there's still a lot to come including the pizza pans so wood-fired pan pizzas can be included on the menu.  The menu will also be subject to change as the venue matures. 

Opening hours from January 20 are planned as breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.  This will be a welcome addition to the Sunday/Monday dining scene in Paddington.  Evidently it is already very busy on Friday and Saturday nights.

I was told the restaurant owner also has another restaurant by the same name at Sanctuary Cove.

We popped in for a late breakfast and enjoyed two coffees and a croissant.  Served with a generous helping of ham and cheese and a fresh salad, the croissant was well received by VDiddy.  Our coffees were Italian style - strong flavour with just a hint of bitterness.  In a street where great coffee is wildly available, Marinara might like to rethink their pricing here of $4 for a cappuccino.

Bottom line: New one to try on Latrobe Terrace. Please add comments below when you sample the menu.

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  1. Anonymous4:35 pm

    this is true home made stuff you will know when you taste it i havent had better italian anywhere else in brisbane by a long shot,

    1. Sounds good, can' wait to try it. What was your pick from the menu?

    2. Anonymous6:37 pm

      get the DON CARLOS and a bruscetta at the same time (great combo)when you try it you will never forget it its really that good..

    3. Don Carlos - sounds intriguing. What is it?

    4. Anonymous7:33 am

      I don't know how you can think this is the best Italian in Brisbane!!!??? I thought it was pretty ordinary. Try Grappino, il posto, Beccofino or Marios for much better Italian I say!

  2. Anonymous3:42 am

    I'm a lover of Italian food.. But this is not great Italian. Perhaps they are just having some teething issues?? First of all the menu wasn't very interesting offering dishes such as carbonara, lasagna, supreme and ham pineapple pizza?? I love good authentic Italian pizza so I wanted to check it out despite my apprehension about their choice of toppings... It came out looking like a McCain pizza! If you want good pizza I would go up the road to il posto. I really hope this place improves as it's a cute spot and the staff were friendly.

  3. Interesting to get some different opinions here. I'd like to hear from more people who have eaten at the restaurant. And it's still very early days for them.

  4. Anonymous5:57 pm

    I have been here twice now as the first time blew me away. The food was delicious and the staff were wonderful. The food the 2nd time was even better then the 1st, the staff were a bit run off their feet but still incredibly friendly so we weren't worried we had to wait a little longer to be served.
    I enjoyed it so much I am going again with a group fo friends next week!
    Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed :-)

  5. Anonymous8:48 pm

    I just dined there. Service was great. Food was disappointing, menu was boring and unappetizing. Tomato sauce just Tasted of dried oregano, garlic bread was same standard as pizza hut, NZ green mussels brought in frozen. They will really have to pick up their game, considering their position between Grappino and Il Posto, both with far superior dining.

  6. Anonymous4:46 pm

    Beautiful food! It's our new favourite breakfast spot. The new breakfast chef changes the menu frequently, and we've tried the avo and tomato salsa bruschetta which comes with eggs poached to perfection, the home made baked beans and the best salmon and scrambled eggs in town! The coffee is beautiful, and the staff are friendly and attentive. Could not speak more highly of them!

  7. Megan4:14 pm

    I have had lunch there a number of times - and I was super impressed. The ravioli and the seafood pizza are both a must try.


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