Italian food has always been a firm favourite with restaurant diners. From pasta to seafood to the ever-popular pizza, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a great Italian restaurant to visit during your Magic Mountain Resort holiday, then you’re in luck – the Gold Coast has dozens of them. Here are our favourites.
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Mario’s – Broadbeach
Occupying a fantastic spot at the beach end of the Oasis Shopping Centre, Mario’s has been a Broadbeach institution for years. Their menu is bursting with traditional and modern Italian fare, including a mind-boggling list of pasta dishes and no less than 17 different pizzas. While the restaurant can accommodate up to 400 diners, it’s still a good idea to book, because it fills up fast. Try their famous baby grilled octopus or delicious hand-made cannelloni.
Fellini – Main Beach
The chefs at Fellini have been delighting diners at Main Beach’s Marina Mirage for almost 20 years with perfectly crafted traditional Italian dishes. If you can tear your eyes away from the stunning view long enough to order, you’ll find a myriad of tasting plates, delectable pasta and mouth-watering seafood. If you can’t decide, you can always opt for the degustazione menu, with a chef’s selection of seafood dishes, meat dishes, or a mixture of both.
Gemellini – Nobby Beach
A relatively new addition to the Nobby Beach scene, Gemellini is the second Gold Coast restaurant to come from the brothers who run popular Gemelli Italian in Broadbeach. Designed to be more relaxed and intimate than its older counterpart, Gemellini offers a small but perfectly formed menu and a well-stocked bar. All their pasta is made fresh, and the pizzas are wood fired. If you’ve worked up a hearty appetite, visit on Nonna Tuesdays, when you can eat all the pizza you want for just $20. Or pop in at lunchtime for a house-made focaccia sandwich.
Gemellini is amazing. I felt like I was in Italy, deep in the Tuscan wineries
Cicchetti – Isle of Capri
It might be the new kid on the block, but Cicchetti’s owners are no strangers to success. They’re well known for producing excellent Italian cuisine from the Byron Bay restaurant of the same name. Drop by to enjoy contemporary dishes in a chic but relaxed atmosphere. If you’re not tempted by the pizza and pasta, try the beer slow cooked lamb shank with truffle mash. If you’re thirsty, the drink menu spans an incredible 14 pages, so there’s sure to be a tipple to suit your taste.
De Vito Waterfront – Southport
If there’s something Italy is famous for other than food, it’s singing, and you get a generous helping of both at De Vito’s. It’s run by David De Vito – the singing chef – who can often be found serenading diners in his fine tenor voice, performing everything from opera to Guns’n’Roses. Paired with an outstanding menu of family recipes, decadent desserts and tempting cocktails, this has made De Vito Waterfront a smash hit with TripAdvisor diners who rave about the food and the service.