Being one of four children, it is rare that I have the opportunity to dine with my parents alone. An amazing dinner at Bella Tiarnie was that opportunity!
Location, ambiance & service
I picked Bella Tiarnie based on the delicious menu (with no shortage of Italian favourites!), and the fact that it is BYO.
Parking was easy on a weeknight with plenty of nearby street parking. The restaurant was easy to find along Brunswick Street, with a red setting on the corner.
The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere from staff and a warm ambiance when you walk in, with a lovely family feel. We could tell at once that the restaurant was traditional Italian. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take a photo of the restaurant itself! The service was very proficient, our waitress was in charge of the whole restaurant but was never far away. The owner and chef also came around to greet diners, which we thought was a good touch. This small team managed to look after a busy restaurant.
My parents and I shared a large supreme pizza as an entree, with italian style sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, capsicum, olives, onion, salami and pineapple ($22.00). The serving size for price was very good compared to other Italian restaurants. We really enjoyed the pizza base – it was thin and crispy, and didn’t have that thick heavy dough feeling. The sauce was spread right to the edge, and the pizza was not scant with the toppings or cheese, exactly my type of pizza! The only criticism we had is that the thin base seemed to soak in a lot of the pizza sauce, so an extra dollop would have been good.
There was quite a time gap between entree and mains. This was good, as we had time to talk, but bear this in mind if you are in a rush and the restaurant is busy.
I ordered the lasagna ($25.00) with layers of bolognese sauce, pasta, bechamel sauce topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The reference to layers of sauce was no joke! The bolognese sauce and beef was spilling out of the pasta to fill the plate, compared with the sometimes dry and tasteless dish you get when ordering lasagna. The bolognese flavour, which I could tell had been slow-cooked, was prominent and meant the bechamel and cheese were not sickening. It was also served with complimentary bread. I would order this meal again in a heartbeat. It was the best lasagna I’ve had, and really surpassed my expectations. I think I will be hard-pressed to find one as excellent as this.
My mum ordered the carbonara with pan fried bacon, egg, parmesan cheese and black pepper with cream sauce ($22.00) which was quite a large serving and also served with complimentary bread. Again, there was a lot of sauce which she enjoyed. The spaghetti was cooked al dente, and there was a good amount of bacon to balance out the cream. She did not find the dish sickening as some carbonaras can be.
My dad ordered a marinara pasta with a selection of fresh seafood in napoletana sauce with herbs, wine and topped with parmesan cheese ($28.00). He commented that the dish was full of seafood and authentic flavour.
We also shared an Italian salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olives, red onion and pomegranate ($10.00), which was fresh and tasty. The pomegranate was such a nice twist.
I ordered an affogato, a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso ($4.00), and it was super yummy and light. The perfect way to round off my dinner.
The food at Bella Tierne is delicious and authentic, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to return (and yes, I will be ordering the lasanga again!). If someone asked me for my recommendation of good Italian in Brisbane at a reasonable price, it would be Bella Tiarnie!