Mosconi Restaurant & Wine Bar
Fortitude Valley’s Mosconi Restaurant and Wine Bar is the newest venue from the owners of New Farm’s Vine Restaurant, a European-inspired bar and eatery tucked away on Arthur Street. Mosconi’s menu gives diners the choice of light grazing and feasting, with a range of small and large plates, sides and desserts offering plenty of variability. Smaller dishes such as Vanella burrata with confit leeks, Brisbane Valley quail with beetroot carpaccio and gorgonzola, and Fremantle octopus with cannellini beans and salmoriglio are early highlights. As for the larger plates, its hard to look past Mosconi’s goats curd gnocchi, homemade pipe rigate with duck ragu and the 300g sirloin, which comes served with a talgeggio croquette and wild mushrooms. If you’ve room for dessert, the fig with burnt meringue and lemon curd will end the meal on a perfectly sweet note, but we can’t fault you if you’re more eager to squeeze in another glass of wine instead. Mosconi boasts a free-wheeling drinks list with no distinct ‘why’ behind it, rather a simple circumvention of boundaries. Italian varietals share list space with traditional French drops and new-wave Californian wines, with a ever-changing list of wines by the glass offering scope for experimentation. Rounding out the drinks list is a clutch of Australian and Italian beers, and some savvy takes on traditional cocktails.