A contemporary Italian restaurant without losing its traditional gloss, Popolo serves up a combination of authentic meals and tapas plates.
In Italian, ‘Popolo’ means ‘people’, and that’s exactly what this restaurant puts first – you! Their service is genuinely second to none, and add a breath-taking view into the mix, the foundation is set for a great dining experience.
There are plenty of share-plate options to kick off your meal – I’d suggest the Calamari Fritti and Arancini Balls. The batter of the Calamari is light and crispy, and the aioli dip accompanies it perfectly. If you order a serving (4) of Arancini Balls, keep in mind they are huge – one each as an entree is more than enough.
For mains, we personally can’t go past the classic pizza/pasta combo. We leant towards the Parma Pizza – a traditional thin base topped with sugo, fior di latte, rocket, prosciutto and parmigiana, along with the Ravioli con Zucca e ricotta. The pizza was excellent – everything from the base to the fresh parmigiana. They didn’t skimp out on the prosciutto either – bonus points for that! The Ravioli certainly didn’t lack in flavour; the texture of the amaretti crumble combined with the sweetness of the pumpkin went down a treat! If you’ve overdone Italian dining with the standard spaghetti/carbonara, this is great alternative and also vegetarian friendly!
Like anywhere in Southbank, free parking can be a bit tricky to find. However if you’re going on a weeknight, your best bet is to try your luck down Dock Street – adjacent to the Maritime Museum.
Genuine Italian with generous portions and an unbeatable view. Relaxing ambiance and A+ service.
Black Book Recommendation
Ravioli con Zucca e ricotta
River Quay R3, Sidon St, Brisbane QLD 4101