Un Inizio Humile Humble Beginnings
Luigi and Lucia D’Arienzo
The D’Arienzo family grandparents, Lucia and Luigi, first ignited the passion of Brisbane diners when they opened their Woolloongabba restaurant Lucia’s Café in the 1950’s.
Serving authentic Italian meals inspired by the D’Arienzo’s hometown, Pescara, Lucia’s Café was a staple in the Brisbane restaurant scene until Lucia and Luigi decided to retire in the late 1970’s.
Lucia’s Cafe inspired brothers, Tony and Gino, to eventually give up their day jobs to start a new family business with mum Irene and dad Ugo.
Twenty-five years later a desire to see these traditional recipes shared and enjoyed with others culminated in the creation of Pane e Vino.
About us – Pane E Vino
Pane e Vino is Brisbane CBD’s number one destination for experiencing all of the delights Italian food has to offer. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a stressful day at work, with everyone made to feel welcome. Pane e Vino seamlessly combines authentic Italian cuisine with casual elegance and style. [Pane e Vino is available for hire for any special occasion and can seat up to 100 guests.]
Click here to book online or call 07 3220 0044.
We are located at 124 Albert St (Cnr Charlotte St), Brisbane CBD. Click here to view a map of our location as well as nearby parking options.
Daily operations manager of Pane e Vino and self-confessed food lover, Gino takes pride in managing staff, and the day-to-day business of the restaurant to ensure everything runs smoothly. He left a successful career in human movement to start Pane e Vino in 1995 and in the years since has also developed a number successful entrepreneurial ventures and a passion for property investment. Gino loves nothing more than seeing customers try new things and experience real Italian cooking in a relaxed, nurturing environment.
Older brother and master of front of house at Pane e Vino, Tony D’Arienzo is also the official ‘face’ of the business. After an extensive international career as a professional model, Tony decided to swap photo shoots for restaurants so he could help deliver fine food to the people of Brisbane.
About the food…
The D’Arienzo family’s approach to food is ‘mantenere le cose semplici’ – to keep it simple.
Initially starting with just six classic meals on the menu, today Pane e Vino has more than 43 different recipes and an extensive wine list.
With a strong focus on quality ingredients and robust flavours, the real secret to Pane e Vino’s success is the continued emphasis on serving quality home-style meals made with the finest and freshest ingredients.
Yet despite growing in size and reputation since its humble beginnings, Pane e Vino’s core menu remains the same.
Favourites still on the menu include fresh fish, hand-made pasta specials, Irene’s famous Pescara themed speciality ravioli Napoli (spinach and ricotta) and the delightful gnocchi alla boscaiola.