IN THEME: Yani Keen of Viva Italia is getting into the German spirit for Oktoberfest.
IN THEME: Yani Keen of Viva Italia is getting into the German spirit for Oktoberfest. David Nielsen

Viva Italia goes German for Oktoberfest

VIVA Italia has gone German with a month-long celebration of Oktoberfest already in full swing.

Viva Italia owner Anthony Stanton likes to think outside the square, but when you visit his restaurant in Brisbane St the Oktoberfest celebration feels just right.

"The venue lends itself to Oktoberfest because it has a very beer hall-like atmosphere," Mr Stanton said.

"It lends itself to the casual eating and drinking that is very typical of Oktoberfest.

"Italy is not far from Germany. It is a lot closer than Australia is, so why not give it a go.

"And I like German beer myself, so it is a good excuse."

Diners will appreciate the German cuisine and beers that Viva Italia will serve this month.

"We've got a couple of share platters, a pork knuckle, some classic dishes and beers in full litre or half litre glasses."

Three varieties of German beer are available including Erdinger Weissbier, a light and crisp wheat beer in the traditional German style.

The menu includes traditional German sausages, or wursts, including bratwurst, knackwurst and weisswurst.

The waitresses are dressed up in German beer maid costumes and there is a photo booth for diners to pose in.



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