Italian food, when cooked with heart and according to time-honoured tradition, is pretty well unbeatable – so it’s little wonder that locals have flocked to Piazza Di Spagna since it opened late last year.

The classic Italian eatery is owned by Barbara Mosticone, who named her restaurant for the famous piazza at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, close to where she was born and grew up.

At her own Piazza Di Spagna, she employs chefs who share her passion for authenticity and understanding of the generous hospitality that goes hand in hand with her native culture.

“We promise to take our diners on a culinary journey through Italy’s many regions,” Barbara says.

“We believe we offer some of the finest flavours the culinary world has to offer – and it’s served with warmth and pride.”

The menu sings with just about every Italian favourite, with a host of pasta and risotto dishes, along with top-notch steaks and seafood. Chicken, veal and lamb dishes are listed alongside snazzy Mediterranean salads.

While never straying too far from the classics, the kitchen also pumps out some mod-Aussie twists.

The goats cheese wantons with blueberry sauce and the trio of delicious sliders on the entree list are examples.

Of the six dessert choices, five are deliciously Italian and the other is ever-popular Aussie stalwart – sticky date pud.

They all go beaut with coffee made by baristas who know their stuff.

The kids’ menu isn’t shabby either, with seven terrific dishes to tempt even fussy eaters.

On Wednesdays, Piazza Di Spagna serves up parmas of the world and a pot.

Thursdays are great for getting together around handcrafted cocktails and perhaps a light meal.

The eatery is bright, breezy and casual and opens for breakfast ’til late.

It’s right next door to Readings Cinema, so perfect for a pre- or post-movie lunch or dinner.

Home delivery is available from 9am-9pm – order online at


Piazza Di Spagna, 41 Horne Street, Sunbury. Opens 8.30am-late Tuesday-Sunday. Inquiries: 9744 5200 or


Pasta Matriciani. (Photo Joe Mastroianni)

Home style veggies. (Photo Joe Mastroianni)