Sneak peek at new Italian restaurant Provini opening in Civic

Natasha Rudra
A sneak peak at Provini restaurant in Civic which will be opening its door soon.
A sneak peak at Provini restaurant in Civic which will be opening its door soon.  Photo: Melissa Adams

It's a cheeky throwback to Nonna's house, where lace curtains cover the windows, the carpet is pure 1950s florals and the table is always filled with hearty, generous serves of traditional Italian fare.

This is a glimpse at Provini, the new Italian restaurant set to open soon in Garema Place. (It's next door to Shorty's on the site of the old La Scala.)

The restaurant is the latest venture from the CoCu Group which runs a number of Canberra's hospitality venues and eateries.

Pizzas at Provini
Pizzas at Provini Photo: Melissa Adams

There's a little terrace with wrought iron railings for summer dining, and a private dining room filled with knick knacks just like your Italian grandmother would collect.

In the kitchen is co-owner and chef Wayne Alger and Neapolitan pizzaiolo Giovanni Auzino will man the wood fired pizza oven. 

Sean Royle says the restaurant is designed around really traditional Italian food with a family feel. 

Inside Provini restaurant
Inside Provini restaurant  Photo: Melissa Adams

"We want it to be like going to Nonna's house, as you can probably tell by the kitschiness of it," he says. "We've spent a bit of time doing a bit of shopping to grab those one-off pieces, the individual pieces you can't mass buy. A lot of thought has gone into that."

Royle says the menu will be seasonal with more of an emphasis on comforting northern Italian dishes in the winter months.

"Then we'll move into a brighter, cleaner southern Italian style for summer," he says.

The decor is deliberately kitsch.
The decor is deliberately kitsch. Photo: Melissa Adams

Provini will be unveiled very soon in Civic.