Woongarra Street Bundy food haven

WOONGARRA Street could become Bundaberg’s culinary capital if one restaurateur gets his way.

Ralph Reali, who will open a new Italian restaurant in the street next month, said his ambition was to attract more high-quality eateries to the strip, which would be known in future as “Restaurant Alley”.

“We want it to be known — if you want food, people will know to come to Woongarra Street,” he said.

“If all goes well, I’d like to open a pizzeria just down the road.”

However, plans to build a wine bar next door to the new establishment will not be going ahead as planned.

The proposed Noosh Bar has been scrapped for a new project, with developers Sheida expected to reveal their plans for the empty premises, early in the new year.

“It will be a different project now,” Sheida Group project manager Nikki Railz said.

But she hinted that it would be along similar lines as the original plan.

“We want to clean up Woongarra Street and make it a fantastic restaurant precinct full of tables and lights.”

Mr Reali’s new restaurant, Pappar’delles, is due to open at the end of the month — and may raise a few eyebrows with the menu.

“Bolognese is not even on the menu,” he said.

Mr Reali said the eatery would feature traditional meals inspired by recipes from Mr Reali’s mother, who hails from a small town outside Rome.

“The concept is the old and the new,” he said.

“It’s the old traditional menu with a fresh, modern twist.”

A chef by trade, Mr Reali said the planned menu would feature delicacies such as quail, rabbit, spatchcock and fresh seafood, with a focus on using in-season, local produce.

“One of my signature dishes will be Salmon Pappar’delle, which is where the restaurant gets its name,” Mr Reali said.

“Another signature dish will be zuppa di pesci (a type of fish stew), which is one of my favourite meals.”

An antipasto bar will be the highlight of the venue, with guests able to serve themselves a selection of cured meats, cheeses and other gourmet delights.

Mr Reali and his partner, Karon Carr, have more than three decades’ experience in fine dining, after running several highly-regarded Italian restaurants on the Gold Coast, including Mario’s and the Fettucine Brothers.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week, and will initially be BYO, with a full licence expected in January.

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