Buongiorno! Everything Italian rules from May 25 to June 2 as Brisbane turns green, white and red for Italian Week.

I’ve been told you can eat all the pizza, pasta and gelato you want during Italian Week and you won’t gain a kilo but that may have been just someone’s fantasy.

They may not be kilojoule free but there will certainly be plenty of opportunities to try all your Italian favourites and learn how to make some of them.

Here’s what’s on during Italian Week

  • Treasury Casino & Hotel has some great treats on offer, including complimentary bruschetta with any pasta purchase at Kitchen at Treasury, saffron-infused gnocchi with sautéed king prawns, asparagus and Tuscan butter at Ryan’s on the Park and Italian inspired beetroot ravioli with confit tomato, crumbled feta and fried basil at the lab bar + restaurant.
  • If pasta is your thing, join local experts the Angelo family, who have been making pasta for 46 years, at their Art of Making Pasta Master Classes on May 24, 25 and 31 in Fortitude Valley. Angelo only hold this class, which finishes with a pasta lunch, including dessert and coffee, for Italian Week.
  • Italian native Simona Albanese is holding a three week course starting on May 24, Let’s Cook Italian, at New Farm State School.
  • Head to the Abruzzo Club in Carina for Feste del Piemonte. Here you’ll enjoy cooking typical Piemonties dishes such as veal with tuna sauce, soused fish, sweet fried polenta and ravioli with meat sauce.
  • There’s an Italian pastry making workshop at Clayfield’s Dolci Sapori on May 30 where you’ll learn how to make authentic, melt-in-your-mouth pastries.  The take home recipes and piping bag will help you recreate your favourites.
  • Get your dancing shoes out and treat your taste buds to authentic Italian food at a dinner dance to be held at Casa Italia, New Farm on May 28.

You can find out more at www.italianweek.com.au

Bon Appetito!