Andrew Dimattina is a local restauranteur who has played a huge part in two of Broadbeachs’ most successful, longstanding restaurants and a third that’s hot on their heels.
Having been a part of the much-loved Alto’s for 13 years and family-friendly Mario’s Italian Restaurant since 1989, he’s a man who knows food. We sat down for a chat with Andrew about Beachside Pavilion and why he thinks Mario’s has stood the test of time in Broadbeach.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
On and off for 15 years.
What do you love most about our beachside city?
The weather and the beach of course.
How long have you been in the restaurant business?
Since I was born! My family have had restaurants in Melbourne for over 40 years and I’ve been working in them since I was eight years old.
Why do you think Mario’s Italian Restaurant has stood the test of time in Broadbeach?
It’s a family friendly place that people feel comfortable in because of the friendly staff, the comfort food and the overall vibe of the venue.
How did Beachside Pavilion come about?
Alto’s had been an amazing venue for 13 years but we wanted to change the bar feel of it and make it more of a beach-vibe restaurant focusing on fresh seafood, the best quality steaks and amazing breakfasts while overlooking the beautiful beaches we have here.
What’s unique about each of your venues?
Mario’s is an institution that people have been coming to for years and Beachside has great beachy décor and incredible food, perfect for long, lazy days in the sun.
Do you have a favourite dish from each?
Mario’s – Spaghetti Marinara and Beachside – the Seafood Platter has it all.
What’s the best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?
The harder you work, the luckier you become.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Cafe: Paddock Bakery
How does your weekend usually look? Work, work and more work with the occasional beer after work.
Click here for your chance to win a $100 voucher to either Mario’s Italian Restaurant or Beachside Pavilion.