This Canberra institution has become the city’s first “Ospitalità Italiana” certified restaurant

Looking for the best Italian food you can possible find in our nation’s capital? It’s going to be hard to look past Agostinis, which has now become the city’s very first to receive the exclusive “Ospitalità Italiana” certification from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in affiliation with the Italian government in Rome. Basically, what this means is that Agostinis has the seal of approval from a worldwide recognised brand that doesn’t hand out these certifications lightly, indicating the best quality of food and service in Italian restaurants around the world.

In Australia, the Ospitalità Italiana sets and maintains the benchmark for the expectations of Italian cuisine, quality, Italian hospitality, and the important of authentic products and quality wines.

“We are tremendously proud to have been recognised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce with the Ospitalità Italiana certification”, said owner Dion Bisa. “From the very beginning we wanted to create a genuine and authentic Italian restaurant in Canberra, that reflected our own wonderful dining experiences, both in Italy and around the family table”.

Dion and her brother Dan started the family owned Agostinis in Kingston, the popular resident restaurant of the widely celebrated East Hotel, to express their lifelong passion for the good, simple and honest Italian food that they grew up with. The kitchen is led by Ramano Chef Francesco Balestrieri who spearheads a menu celebrating simplicity and perfection, with freshly made-to-order pasta and authentic pizza using a special Neapolitan artisan technique where the dough naturally rises for 72 hours before going in a state-of-the-art rotating Marana Forni pizza oven imported from Verona.

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Chris Singh

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