Creative Italian Cuisine, Hendra Brisbane

  • Good Life Restaurant Award  2002/2003/2004
  • Best of the best Courier Mail 2005/2009/2010 
  • Finalist RCA Best Italian Brisbane 2005/2008/2009
  • Finalist RCA Best Italian Qld 2006
  • Winner RCA Best Italian Brisbane 2006/2007
  • Winner RCA Best Italian Qld 2007 
  • Finalist RCA Best Italian Australia
  • Who’s Who Book (QLD Edition) 2008
  • Gourmet Traveller Best Restaurants in Australia Guide.  2006/2007/2008/2009/2010
Brisbane News 2006 Dining Out Guide “Owner-chef Mario Alfieri is focusing all his attention on his Hendra restaurant. A pioneer of Italian cuisine in Queensland, Mario’s style is traditional, while still being innovative with textures and flavour combinations. Mains average: $24.”
Courier-Mail Goodlife Restaurant Guide 2006 * “New to the neighbourhood is this gracious converted corner store. Seasoned chef and restaurateur Mario Alfieri divides his time between his Toowong bolthole and the new venture. Serving a casual and slightly modernised version of his native Sicilian cuisine”
Gourmet Traveller 2006 Australian Restaurant Guide “Sicilian-born chef Mario Alfieri has taken over Murray Williams’ Dining Room, tucked into the leafy enclave of Hendra in Brisbane’s inner north, re-branding it with his distinctive and memorable pasta and inventive array of antipasti.”
Brisbane News Eating Out Guide 2005 “Hendra’s favourite family eatery and BYO restaurant is undergoing changes under the direction of new owner-chef Mario Alfieri, who still runs MarioSarti (also known as Nicolini) restaurant in Toowong.”
Courier-Mail GoodLife Restaurant Lizzie Loel 26/7/05 score Food: 16 Wine: 15 Service: 16 Ambience: 16 “When you love what you do it shows and there is little doubt that Mario loves to feed people. This is great suburban dining and quality, rustic Italian food served with the wit and panache of a devoted food lover.”
Brisbane News Natascha Mirosch 6/7/05 “My dining companion and I had ventured out on a cold, windy night to Mario’s at The Dining Room in Hendra, recently taken over by Mario Alfieri of Nicolini’s in Toowong. The decor of the old corner building is fresh and modern with clean blond wooden floors, subtle lighting and a spring green feature wall. In place of the Asian-fusion cuisine favoured by former owner Murray Williams, Mario’s is Italian in flavour. food: 7, wine: 7, ambience: 7, service: 7”