Smith & Daughters, now unofficially calling themselves Smith & Bella’s for the foreseeable future, has undergone a dramatic menu change. This Australian, plant-based restaurant located in Fitzroy has made a transition from south-of-the-border style fare, to Italian cuisine!

Chef and owner, Shannon Martinez, opened Smith & Daughters in 2014, and wanted to create a menu that didn’t just cater to vegans, but those who are attempting to eat less meat or adhering to a meat-free lifestyle. As a meat-eater herself, she has been known to create very convincing vegan substitutes like her vegan, faux blood sausage.


After years of offering menu items like jackfruit tacos, Martinez wished to switch up her menu simply to spice things up and keep it interesting for her regular customers. Her new Italian menu will include dishes like faux-beef carpaccio, a meat-free “oxtail” ragu served over creamy polenta and compressed mushrooms, a soy-protein schnitzel, and the simple, yet delicious cacio e pepe with vegan parmesan from Greece.

Martinez plans to maybe permanently extend her Italian menu to her guests as long as everything goes according to plan and her diners are happy with the changes.

In addition to running Smith & Daughters, Martinez is currently in the market for a bigger building located on Brunswick Street. Her and partner, Mo Wyse, wish to open an all-vegan deli called Smith & Deli that would offer quick sandwich service and possible delivery options.

The future looks exciting for Chef Shannon Martinez! Smith & Daughters is located 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia.


Is your mouth watering for decadent Italian food? 

If are located on the other side of the world and cannot visit Smith & Daughters, check out this Italian food guide, and try some of these Italian recipes from our Food Monster App!

Lentil and Mushroom Ragu

This hearty Lentil and Mushroom Ragu will be sure to keep stomachs full and happy. The lentils turn this ordinary tomato sauce into something extraordinary.

Cheesy Polenta with Hearty Greens

This Cheesy Polenta with Hearty Greens is the ultimate Italian, vegan comfort food. It is delicious on its own served with fresh greens or can be paired with vegan, chicken seitan.

Rosemary Arancini: Deep-Fried Risotto 

Arancini, a traditional Italian street food made of deep-fried risotto is creamy, crispy, and extra decadent. This Rosemary Arancini is fragrant and best served with a vegan, creme fraiche.


If you are still craving Italian food, check out How to Make Your Own Italian-Style Food at Home, and download our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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