Hey carbs, friend, thank you for being you. Oh sorry, got distracted by the cheesy, mouthwatering goodness that is all of the pasta.
Anywho, World Pasta Day is real (praise the lord) and it’s happening on October 25th. In honour of that and all the Italians who don’t get nearly enough credit for creating the best flavour-vehicle ever, here are 10 places to stuff yourself silly on pasta.
Salt Meats Cheese – Flaming Cheese Wheel Pasta
This too-good-to-be-true pasta dish is on fire (actually). Watch as your pasta is prepared at your table in a flaming wheel of Parmesan cheese. This theatrical spectacle happens every Wednesday night from 6pm. Book ahead kids.
Where: 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
Gemelli – Spaghetti al Gamberi
The Gemelli twinsare known for creating an authentic Italian experience and all their dishes, including mouth-watering pasta, are made fresh in house daily and way too good to eat just one. Definitely give the Spagetthi al Gamberi a try because prawn cutlets, zucchini, chilli, garlic and olive oil. Best.
Where: 2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Justin Lane – Pappardelle, Wagyu bolognaise, Grana Padano
The team at Justin Lane take pasta very serious with their own pasta bar and all the enthuisiasm. You should probably go and try them all but if you have to choose go with the pappardelle wagyu bolognaise, highly recommended. Eat, drink and be messy y’all.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Balboa – Roasted Lamb Cannelloni
Oh Balboa you big babe. Their fit-out, complete with a glamorous chandelier and bright red Vespa, is enough reason to visit and of course. their pizza is outstanding. Most importantly though, their pasta is to die for. Do yourself a favour and try the Roasted Lamb Cannelloni.
Where: 1069 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Alfresco – Lasagne
This authentic Italian family run restaurant has been around since 1992 and it’s not hard to see why. With a foundation built on family, Raff Velardo and his wife Natalie consistently dish up amazing Italian cuisine. One of the signature dishes is the classic homemade style lasagne, simple but better than you’ve tasted before. Promise.
Where: 3018 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Cicchetti – Taglioni Al Granchio
Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar treats you to all the cultural delights of Italy, including pasta, of course. The highlight has to be Taglioni al Granchio – spanner crab coated in a chilli, garlic, pepper, cherry tomato and white wine sauce tossed through house made taglioni. STOP. IT.
Where: 2G01/15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri
Cucina Vivo – Fettucine Carbonara
This. Place. Cucina Vivo is a rustic and traditional Italian restaurant overlooking at The Star and dining there is certainly reminiscent of a weekend in Italy. The house made Fettucine Carbonara is served in a rich, creamy sauce, pancetta, egg, cracked pepper and pecorino cheese. Eat it.
Where: The Star, 1 Casino Drive, Lobby Level, Broadbeach Island
Fellini Restaurant – Rigatoni Granchi
Beautiful Fellini is known for its exemplarily service, picturesque location, luxurious ambience, and above all – FOOD. Our pick: Rigatoni Granchi – pasta cooked with fresh mixed seafood in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chili, fresh tomato and white wine parsley. Straight from the sea to your belly.
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
Pepe Italia – Spaghetti alla Positano Calzone
Using traditional recipes handed down from Nonna, Pepe Italia’s menu is filled with all the authentic Italian dishes you know and love. For something a little different try the Calzone Pizza filled with spaghetti in napoli sauce, tomatoes, seafood and parsely. Belissimo.
11 Connor St, Burleigh Heads
Goccia Italian Pizzeria – Pappardelle Al Ragu
Mermaid’s new(ish) kid on the block is as authentic as they come run by two northern Italians who know what’s up. You’ll feel right at home twirling your Pappardelle Al Ragu around your fork. It’s made with egg-wide ribbon pasta and a homemade beef bolognaise ragu. It’s heaven.
Words by Louisa von Ingelheim