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one of the first italian restaurants in canberra.


Francesco and Caterina Catanzariti arrived in Canberra from Calabria in Southern Italy in 1957, where they easily immersed themselves within the Australian and Italian communities. After several years of working within their profession in the tailoring industry, Francesco and Caterina decided it was time that they shared their passion for authentic Italian cuisine, by bringing a “little bit of Italy” to Canberra.

This resulted in the establishment of Santa Lucia Trattoria opening their Kennedy Street, Kingston doors in 1975, becoming the first traditional Italian restaurants in Canberra. Santa Lucia quickly became an institution in Canberra, with stories a plenty of the Italian hospitality Francesco and Caterina provided Canberra.

In the mid 80’s their son Roberto and his wife Francesca took over the renowned Italian restaurant in canberra, continuing the family tradition of home style cooking. And after many years their son Pasquale and his wife, Lorraine took over Santa Lucia, committed to retain the original home style authentic cuisine, with a modern flair.

Together, their vision for Santa Lucia become ‘Salotto’ a place where you can eat, drink and dance, Italian style! To generate an ambient atmosphere reminiscent of the laid-back bars and restaurants that speckle Rome’s famous piazzas. It’s a great tribute to Francesco and Caterina that their children and grandchildren have maintained the successful recipe of  their Italian restaurant in Canberra.


Need to host a family gathering or a large-scale event? we have the facilities to ensure your occasion is crafted to your requirements.



Soaked in sumptuous folds of traditional Italian culture and cuisine, Salotto is one of the few remaining family-owned Italian restaurants in Canberra.


Enjoy delicious Italian food from the comfort of your own home

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