Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Anna’s Restaurant

Corner Wallangarra Road & O’Mara Terrace, Stanthorpe, Queensland
07 – 4681 1265

Before I could write a word about Anna’s restaurant I had to go back again and make sure I wasn’t dreaming.  The first time Kelly and I dined at Anna’s I was stunned by the amazing quality of every dish in the Italian buffet and the wonderful atmosphere of the venue.  Perfect pasta’s, stuffed mushroom, veal scaloppini that melts in the mouth, poached muscles in tomato sauce, silky tortellini, tender and soft gnocchi, an array of antipasto, just to mention a few and of course the Italian cakes and Cannoli are to die for. 

The Friday and Saturday Italian buffet nights are so popular that the beautifully appointed Queenslander is packed with visitors and locals who are seduced by the fabulous smells as soon as they come through the doors.  I lost count of the number of awards this restaurant has been honoured with, but I did take notice of their high standard, including a number of Queensland Restaurant and Catering Excellence Awards     
The head chef of this family run business is Mrs Domenica Pompetti who with her husband Don has created this welcoming Italian family atmosphere since 1981.  I believe the reason Anna’s is such a booming success is because Mr and Mrs Pompetti offer genuine home made authentic Italian recipes, that are prepared with the love and experience that only an Italian Mamma can possess.
I’m not embarrassed to admit that as I sat spellbound tasting each dish, I became quite emotional and was nearly overcome with the moment.  This is what all Italian chefs aspire to.  This is the result of decades of practice and generations of cooking heritage passed down from Mother to Daughter. 
Anyone with a shred of feeling who visits Anna’s is in very real danger of becoming nostalgic and home sick because of the warm even loving hospitality shown to every patron.  It’s as if you’ve been invited to a real Italian family’s home for dinner as a special honoured guest.  Nothing is too much trouble and you never feel rushed.
The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sundays with the menus being updated frequently.  The Friday and Saturday Gourmet Italian Buffet is on from 6pm and only cost $38 per person which is such a great bargain.  Anna’s has a huge wine list and a very nice selection of beers. 

I’ll be back again and again (probably until I’m as big as Pavarotti).  So, if you want to indulge in some authentic Italian cuisine and be treated like a King, make plans for a food trek to Stanthorpe and enjoy an unforgettable evening that you’ll be telling all of your friends about for a long time to come.    

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