KITSCH IN THE KITCHEN

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Fans of Ital­ian food, and pizza in par­tic­u­lar, should make sure Agos­ti­nis is top of the list for places to dine in Can­berra. The newly opened eatery is part of East Ho­tel, al­ready home to the won­der­ful Joe’s Bar, and is an ode to the Ital­ian her­itage of brother and sis­ter own­ers Dan and Dion Bisa. “My mother is an in­cred­i­ble Ital­ian cook and she was taught by her par­ents, so we have been for­tu­nate to be sur­rounded by re­ally authen­tic Ital­ian food our whole lives,” says Dion. “What we en­vi­sioned was a beau­ti­ful, invit­ing space, with all the [de­signer] Kelly Ross magic, that would be gor­geous but ac­ces­si­ble to all.” Us­ing the fam­ily’s her­itage as in­spi­ra­tion, Ross has cre­ated a kooky, ’80s-in­spired dé­cor, with a stonework fea­ture wall with gold high­lights, ter­ra­cotta tiles, leop­ard print booths, and hand-dyed shi­bori-style ropes dan­gling from the ceil­ing repli­cat­ing home-made pasta hung out to dry. Young Ro­mano chef Francesco Balestri­eri de­liv­ers a sim­ple menu full of flavour. Don’t miss the frico, a typ­i­cal dish from the Fri­uli re­gion, with pa­per thin lay­ers of Mon­ta­sio cheese and potato melted into a de­li­cious chewy slice. agos­ti­nis.com.au

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