Offering speciality foods to Canberra since 2016.

-   ABOUT US  -

Italian Brothers or Fratelli Italiani was born hundreds of years ago in Southern Italy, where still today, many traditions remain unchanged. In the villages of Calabria and Campania the 'Italian Peasant Lifestyle' fuels long and happy lives.


When the traditions of Fratelli Italiani were brought to Australia by refugee migrants of the Romano, Verduci, and Luongo families, they were nurtured within in the home and the local Italian community.


As a young boy, John-Paul Romano lived and breathed his families' business culture and mindset, often spending time with his grandparents or Nonni, and influencing his creative mind.


During his culinary studies, John-Paul decided to embrace these traditions and live in Southern Italy for half a year. Over this year John-Paul fell into an immense love with the 'Italian Village Lifestyle', and it's cuisine 'Cucina Povera', translated to 'the Poor Kitchen'.


During his travels, John-Paul also fell in love with the Italian concepts of the 'Bar' and the 'Paninoteca', the 'Bar' in Italian is very similar to a café, except a vast amount of socialising is done standing and drinking espressos at the bar. They also usually sell household products, cigarettes, cigars, and have a few poker machines and a pool table. The few sit down tables in a 'Bar' are reserved for those having meetings, long discussions, watching the football or playing cards. The  'Bar' is usually a focal point of the town and is visited from dawn to close to midnight.


A much more straightforward concept is the 'Paninoteca', usually, a small, hole-in-the-wall sandwich bar where sandwiches are made to be eaten while walking or to be taken home.

Italian Brothers was designed by John-Paul Romano and National Capital, and built by National Capital.