Italian restaurant Casa Nostra has opened its doors in the heart of Fortitude Valley, providing Brisbane diners with a true Italian dining experience.

Casa Nostra has taken up the space recently vacated by Mighty Mighty in the M&A Lane, offering foodies authentic, handmade Italian cuisine.

The restaurant is owned by husband and wife team Biagio and Sarah Biuso, who’ve just returned from working in Cairns.

“Returning to Brisbane is more of a lifestyle change for our family than anything else – we missed the hustle and bustle of Brisbane and wanted to reconnect with our friends and customers,” Sarah says.

“When the opportunity to open a new restaurant come up, we took it as a sign it was time to come home.”

The chef (Biagio) and front of house (Sarah) have a long history of successful venues behind them, including Red Hill’s popular Biagio, Alberto’s Trattoria in Sydney’s Bondi, Zollis Trattoria in Townsville and Marina Paradiso in Cairns, where they have been for the last several years.

Meaning ‘our house,’ Casa Nostra will focus on authentic Italian cuisine with a difference, offering a large range of seafood, meats, pastas, pizzas and desserts.

Everything on the menu will be made in house using local ingredients – from the fresh hand-made pasta to the flavoursome pizza sauces.

Sarah says every diner who comes through the doors will also be treated like a guest in their home.

“We want to make people feel truly welcome – like our house is their house,” she says.

Some of the dishes Sarah and Biagio are most looking forward to showing customers when they open their doors, include grilled local scallops and sautéed prawns in a sauce of tomato, feta cheese and avocado, and handmade fettuccine served with fresh local seafood in Biagio’s Sicilian sauce, made to a special family recipe.

And of course, no home cooked Italian meal is complete without dessert! Strawberries soaked in Italian liqueurs served with cream and ice cream will no doubt be a favourite.

You’ll find Casa Nostra at 825 Ann Street in Fortitude Valley.