Forget questionable hotdogs or soggy chips and get ready to chow down on some top-notch…
Four years ago, brothers, Josh and Jon Kosteski, along with Alan Gasanov, brought 300 years of Neapolitan pizza-making tradition to Manuka through popular eatery Trecento.
But the inner south location was not where the boys felt completely at home. Josh, his wife Melinda and the Trecento team, now including mother, Val, are all proud products of Queanbeyan and it has been a dream to bring a home-style, quality Italian restaurant to their beloved town.
This Thursday 8 July they fulfil that dream by opening the doors to Pronto.
“It was always part of our plan to come back home to Queanbeyan and open a Trecento that the people of Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra, Googong, and surrounds can enjoy,” says Josh.
And his hometown connections have helped him secure a prominent spot on Monaro Street.
Steve Peios, Queanbeyan’s international sporting announcer and presenter, was temporarily grounded during COVID, and during his time at home, he and Josh reconnected.
Steve’s family owns the 1936 building where Pronto now proudly sits.
With the building fit-out overseen by Melinda, Pronto is modelled on the pair’s love of family and long Sunday lunches at Melinda’s Nonna’s.
The menu brings everything that Trecento regulars love—the pizzas and the pastas, but there is a new emphasis on share plates and a more tapas style of eating.
“The idea is that each table is filled with little dishes to share – cold cuts, cheese, olives, bread, polpette, calamari, carpaccio, etc,” says Melinda.
And of course, the couple is now well-schooled in pivoting to take-aways and pick up services, which will form a core part of the Pronto business.
But they are also proud of the homely and warm fit-out, which, while still being tweaked, will be filled with locally-made products.
“We think it is a great time to open up a part of a wider revitalisation that is taking place across Queanbeyan,” says Josh.
“Manuka has been a great success for us, but in our hearts we absolutely love the community spirit of Queanbeyan and it feels great to be ‘home’.”
When: Opening Thursday 8 July then open Wednesday–Sunday, 7 am-2.30 pm and 5.30 pm-9.30 pm
Where: 11 Monaro Street Queanbeyan