There is nothing more comforting on a cold, rainy evening after a long day at work than a bowl of delicious pasta, and if it’s authentic Italian fare you are craving, then look no further than All’ Antica Italian Restaurant at Buddina.

Keeping true to tradition since opening in 1990, All’ Antica Italian Restaurant, which means ‘old-fashioned way’ has a rich history and heritage and has maintained its reputation for serving traditional Italian cuisine in a warm, welcoming, rustic environment.

Boasting an inviting, intimate atmosphere and furnished with sleek dark furniture, stylish ceiling lamps and brick feature walls, All’ Antica is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two, a catch-up with friends or a big family affair.

My daughter, Miss Chloe, and I dined at the popular restaurant recently, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s not surprising that it is such a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.

On the evening of our visit, the atmosphere was lively yet relaxed and service was friendly and attentive from the moment we arrived and were seated.

Owners Helen and Shane McNally pride themselves on their friendly customer service. Guests are made to feel more like family. And, if the friendly, familiar banter and welcoming hugs with their guests are anything to go by, they have plenty of repeat customers.

Offering a fully-stocked bar, we were spoilt for choice when it came to selecting a beverage. All’ Antica has a quality wine list, plus all your favourite cocktails, beers/ciders, spirits and liquors.

While I settled on a glass of McLaren Vale shiraz, Miss Chloe couldn’t resist Helen’s suggestion of the Elderflower martini. It didn’t disappoint.

Renowned for mouth-watering pizza and pasta dishes, fresh seafood and hearty mains, the extensive menu has a focus on quality homemade food, sourced both locally and from overseas, that showcases the diverse regions throughout Italy.

It offers all the traditional Italian favourites you know and love, such as lasagna, bolognaise, carbonara and napolitana, as well as a selection of authentic house-made pizzas, calzone and main dishes.

We kicked things off with the daily special. The house-made toasted garlic bread served with a terracotta pot of delicious cheese fondue really hit the spot. The delicious, warm gooey cheese was as decadent as it sounds.

For mains, both the risotto al pollo with chicken, mushrooms, pine nuts, sage and pumpkin in traditional risotto bianco and the prawns with spaghetti were vying for my attention. However, as a self-confessed seafood-lover, I couldn’t go past the succulent king prawns with garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh chilli, black pepper and parsley.

The delicious dish had a plentiful number of prawns stirred through perfectly al dente spaghetti with an elegant sauce. It was topped with lashings of fresh Italian grana padano cheese – 10/10.

Miss Chloe was just as impressed with her choice. The spinach and ricotta ravioli with semi-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and caramelised pumpkin in buttered sage almond crème was sublime. The soft pillows of pasta were bursting with flavour and balanced with a delicate tomato cream sauce.

We also ordered a side of the parmesan truffle-oil roast potatoes with rosemary, parmesan and white truffle oil, which I can highly recommend.

Other highlights on the menu include the chef’s rustic Sicilian seafood hot pot with blue lip mussels, king prawns, clams, calamari, fish and scallops in tomato concasse with green olives, capers, chilli, basil and sourdough.

When it came to dessert, we couldn’t decide between several of the delicious options on offer, so Helen suggested the sharing plate, which was a great way to sample some of the well-known favourites. It features the chef’s white chocolate tiramisu, vanilla bean panna cotta with mixed berry compote, lemon ricotta cake with limoncello syrup and mascarpone crème and strawberry gelato with mixed berry compote and wafers – yum!

A traditional Italian feast simply would not be complete without a refreshing limoncello to cleanse the palate and it was the perfect way to finish our gastronomic experience.

If you love traditional Italian food, you must try All’ Antica at Buddina. It’s a little bit of Italy right here on the Sunshine Coast.