Spicy Thai from Mons Ban Sabai restaurant, Brisbane.
Spicy Thai from Mons Ban Sabai restaurant, Brisbane. Photo: Peter SCHOFIELD

Natascha Mirosch

EXPANDING his eastside empire is Raymund Venzin, owner of Mons Ban Sabai Thai in Camp Hill, and Green Papaya and Pawpaw café in Woolloongabba.

This time though, the Swiss-born restaurateur is sticking a little closer to his roots, with an Italian eatery called "La Finestra" (the window) opening this weekend. Formerly Grande Piatto, it's right next-door to Mons Ban Sabai.

Venzin has imported a chef from northern Italy, Barbara Ianne, to keep it all authentic, and dishes are simple, comforting Italian standards: a Bolognese ragu from the kitchen of Barbara's nonna, classic "prosciutto e melone", "hunters' casserole" and more of the same ilk.

The wine list will feature Italian and Australian wine, but in the spirit of the suburban eatery, BYO is an option.

La Finestra, 12 Martha Street, Camp Hill.