The European summer has just come to a close which means all 935 of your friends who went over there to frolic in the sunshine must now stop uploading jealousy-inducing snaps to their Instafeed, stat.
What they don’t need to do though, is stop eating incredible European feasts because Surfers Paradise recently became home to a brand new Italian venue and this time, you don’t have to miss a second of the action.
Love Italy is the name of the newbie and it’s taking up space where Latitude 28 once lived, right in the centre of Cavill Mall and serving up fast, fresh Italian eats.
The interior is the epitome of a rustic Italian restaurant with a few modern touches thrown in for good measure. It’s made up of exposed brick, wooden tables, low hanging angular lighting and (our favourite) a section at the back where Italian produce is stacked up on shelves beside a fresh pasta maker that squeezes out the good stuff all day long.
Speaking of the good stuff, the menu is centred around fast, fresh Italian food and we can confirm it is both of those things.
To start, there’s an antipasto section jam-packed with goodies including Funghi Arancini (mushroom risotto balls), Bruschetta and Calamari, so grab a few of those to kick off.
Pasta-wise, we say go for the Chorizo with yes, spicy chorizo, chilli, spinach, semi-dried tomato and EVO and / or (if you’re extra hungry) the Gamberi with prawns, olive oil, chilli, garlic, cherry tomatoes, rocket leaves and Parmesan.
There are about 18 pastas to choose from so you’ll definitely find something to tickle your fancy.
If pizzas are more your Italian style, there are indeed many of those to sample too.
The Mediterranea was a winner with feta, pepperoni, caramelized onion, roasted capsicum, grilled eggplant, black olives and mozzarella.
The Salmone also looked the goods with smoked salmon, olive oil, onion, capers, mozzarella and a drizzle of sour cream.
The cocktail list is filled with all your favourites plus a few Italian Spritz specialties and of course, sangria and Pimms jugs for those scorching summer days we’re soon to be experiencing.
So, if you do indeed love Italy but missed out on an epic European getaway this year, get yourself into Love Italy quick smart.
You’ll be happy you did.
LOCATION: 8 Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 8am until 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 8am until 12am Thursday to Saturday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith