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Say cheese at this new pasta-tively amazing restaurant

Southport’s new Italian is Mozza Mozza bueno!

Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that we can never have enough Italian or mozzarella in our lives. This is fact, completely non-negotiable and as far as we’re concerned, Kate Moss got it wrong coz pizza, pasta and cheese taste way better than skinny feels. So we’re all ears when we hear a new Italian joint has opened and legit, our tummies are already rumbling. Get excited fellow carbo loaders coz Southport’s Mozza Mozza has unleashed its cheesy, Eastern Euro goodness and it is Prosecco’nd to none!

Located inside our beloved Southport Sharks where Carmody’s once lived (RIP), prepare for everything from tableside cheese wheels and tiramisu to wood-fired mozza(rella) pizzas, fried mortadella sandos, and negroni slushies (okay hiiii)…and that’s just the digestible variety. Add a hat awarded Head Chef and a side of disco tunes and it’s official – we have discovered actual heaven.

Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Iconic owner Dave Galvin, the man, the myth, the legend behind Crafty’s Sports Bar, continues to redefine the northern GC eats and sips scene, and keep doing what you do good Sir. Securing Mozza Mozza’s digs in mid-2021, the vision was to bring fun feels and classic share-style Italian food to the north side.

The 160 seater is the perfect spot for a family feed or group function, boasting an 18-seat private dining room which would you believe is the only one north of Broady (we would).

Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

We’ve been told to expect a little bit of theatre with our nosh and we cannot espresso how much we love this for us. Plus rumour has it there’ll be 80s and disco bangers blaring from the boom box, and nothing says happiness like a side of Prince with our prosciutto or Abba with our arancini.

But Mozza Mozza doesn’t just bring joy through its menu and music, but also its majestic four-metre-tall olive tree. Standing loud and proud, front and centre of the space, it’s quite the show-stopper creating a warm, welcoming ambience and packing some serious wow-factor punch.

Rigatoni Alla Vodka, Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Rigatoni Alla Vodka, Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Recruiting Mitch Chesterton as the venue’s all important Head Chef was nothing short of a power move. Mitch has worked in multiple hatted restaurants including Alchemy, Michaels on Tedder Ave and Peak Dining at Iceworks in Paddington, plus was the Chef/Owner of Iku in Burleigh where he won a Chef Hat Award. As one would expect with a resume like this, the menu at Mozza Mozza is #goals and srsly, Pasta La Vista summer bod diet.

Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Some standouts include the Mozza Meatballs, made from pork meatballs, tomato sugo and fresh basil. Prepare for the obligatory Bug Rolls to be blown out of the water this Gold Coast summer with the arrival of the Fried Mortadella Sando. The Italian version of the Katsu sandwich, just went up a notch.

The Burrata deserves a shout out with its garden pea pesto and pine nut goodness, and the Cacio e Pepe pasta served tableside from a wheel of pecorino cheese is an icon in the making #ded.

The crowd-pleasing rossa and blanci wood fire pizzas made from dough fermented for (drum roll please) 48-hours are next level, especially the Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza, with fried eggplant, tomato, mozzarella, parmesan and basil. Bellissima!

Fried Mortadella Sando, Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Fried Mortadella Sando, Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

What’s a meal without a cocktail you say and we concur! The Spicy Southport Sour with white oat chilli and mango gin, Cointreau, lemon, simple syrup will go down a treat and holy cannoli, we just remembered the Boozy Slushies! Our vote goes to the Coconut Margarita with tequila, triple sec, agave, coconut and lime, and it’s official – we’re calling an Uber.

Or, if you’re a traditionalist who likes to pair their Italian fare with vino, you’re in good hands with a selection of Aussie and Italian wines to try #winenot.

Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

So for your next family dinner, long lunch, corporate gathering or even just a lazy Sunday sesh, don’t be alfredo to try the pasta-tively amazing Mozza Mozza.

Where: Southport Sharks, Corner Olsen Avenue & Musgrave Avenue, Southport
When: 11.30am – 3pm & 5pm – late Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Instagram: @mozzamozza_au

Words by Bianca Trathen
Images by Carly King

Marsala cannoli with sweet ricotta, Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Marsala cannoli with sweet ricotta, Mozza Mozza, Southport (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

I’ll take a Slim Aarons, shaken not stirred

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Have you ever walked past an art gallery, paused to take a peek, only to scurry off before making eye contact with the very cultured looking human working inside? Well one super savvy GC duo is changing up the traditional art gallery stereotype so that we mere mortals do in fact move past go and collect $200 (sans the $200).

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Imagine feeling relaxed and inspired, finally getting up close and personal with those Slim Aarons plastered all over your Pinterest boards. Better yet, imagine being able to sip on a specially crafted artisan cocktail as you admire classic and contemporary works and yes, this is definitely scratching an itch. Introducing FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, expertly fusing a gallery space with a private bar, and guaranteed to make any gallery trepidation vanish faster than Milli Vanilli’s career.

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

The brainchild of St Barts, Gallery One and FINEPRINTCO founders Leanne Pearce and Jasmine Smith, these ladies are certainly no strangers to the wonderful world of art. With a mission to redefine the gallery experience, they are listening to client feedback, broadening their market, and creating something truly unique here on the Coast.

Demonstrating that you can visit a gallery, get customised assistance to align your personality with the perfect artwork (a margi print should do it), and kick back with friends for a relaxed PM tipple, this one’s a keeper. And, with more people than ever before creating an inner sanctuary vibe at home using the likes of art, we declare this concept Expert Level: Genius. Oh and we weren’t kidding about the Slim Aarons’, which are sold exclusively by FINEPRINTCO in Australia and New Zealand #micdrop.

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Aptly brought to life by the fit-out and design ‘artists’ at Zero 9 Constructions, the intimate space is nothing short of perfection. It’s vibrant yet restrained, allowing guests to appreciate the art but also the elegance of the venue design. Using marble and concrete in an open plan layout to best showcase the artworks, warmth was added with a bespoke timber bar and hand-designed wallpaper, accentuated with gold leaf detail by in-house artists.

It’s also ideal for unique, customised private events and corporate functions, hosting up to 40 people. A great idea for your work end of year get-together, you’re bound to score brownie points from the Big Cheese for the suggestion. Plus you can spoil yo’self with a little artwork Christmas pressie for your lounge which LBH, is always easily justified when you’re several cocktails deep.

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Speaking of, it’s time to unpack the beverage menu and yes, this is our favourite part too. Serving the finest Australian and International spirits and wines, Bar Manager Rumtin Nouzat has created a suite of signature cocktails designed exclusively for the venue. And, each one is inspired by the work of Slim Aarons and srsly, could this get any cooler?

With possibly THE most innovative and exciting cocktail list we’ve seen (and believe you me, we’ve seen our fair share), you certainly won’t leave thirsty. We strongly recommend Life in the Bahamas (both literally, and the drink) with Caribbean rum, toasted coconut, salted mango and habanero. Equally satisfying is the Sundowner with triple juniper gin, rose vermouth, strawberry, rhubarb, and bubbles. To stop these refreshments from going to your head, tuck into one of the divine Antipasto Platters or if you’re planning a function, feel free to BYO caterer.

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

So if you love your art, your sips, and your chillaxed catchups with friends, FINEPRINTCO Art Bar marries the three effortlessly. Cross our h-ART-s and hope to…see you there.

Where: Brickworks, Shop 302, 107 Ferry Road, Southport
When: 12pm – 7pm Wednesday – Saturday & 12pm – 4pm Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Instagram: @fineprintco_artbar
Website: www.fineprintco-artbar.com

Images by Brittany Kreskas
Words by Bianca Trathen

FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
FINEPRINTCO Art Bar, Southport (image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

14 reasons locals love Southport

Mr PP's Deli & Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)
Mr PP's Deli & Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)

It may be home to the Gold Coast’s bustling business district but Southport can also boast a huge array of incredible eateries, culture and general good times.

We’ve rounded up 15 things locals love about the place and we reckon you might enjoy them too.

In no particular order, enjoy.

Southport Sharks
There is many a good time to be had at Southport Sharks including dining at one of the delicious dish-packed restaurants, drinking at Aviary Rooftop Bar overlooking the city, joining in on one of their classes at the Health + Fitness Centre or getting involved in one of their many good time events. The possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect spot for a family event or take the crew for a Sunday afternoon session. Happy days no matter what.
Where: Olsen Avenue and Musgrave Avenue, Southport

Southport Yacht Club
Waterfront dining is the name of the game at Southport Yacht Club with two venues to choose from and stunning scenes from whichever you choose. You’re also welcome to just sit back and kick up your heels with a cold beverage or two while gazing lovingly at one of the many beautiful yachts in the marina. It’s one of the Coast’s best locations and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
Where: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach

Zero Latency
Zero Latency is a free-roam, virtual reality experience like no other. With up to eight players per game, you’ll have the BEST time fighting zombies, exploring mystical places and challenging your friends on space stations. All you need to do is put on the VR headset, strap into the backpack and pickup the controller. Get 10% off here. It really is so good.
Where: 34 Smith Street, Southport

Panezski Distillery
The Coast’s first vodka distillery opened in Southport a few short months ago and what a treat. The family-owned business are whipping up three types of vodka, two types of gin and even a couple of beers on the premises and you can pop in to grab a bottle to go, or you can sit down and enjoy a cocktail and a charcuterie board and spend a bit of time. Very cool. 
Where: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport

Vinnies Dive
Who doesn’t love a good dive bar. Particularly one that doubles as a live music venue and has a huge range of your favourite beers on offer (and some you may not have heard of). Head in there to discover some new music from both local and interstate bands and if you’re in the mood for a party, which we know you are, you can hire the space out for your next one.
Where: 44A Nerang Street, Southport 

Boudoir Lounge interior (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar 
On the ground floor of the building you’ll find the deli section of the establishment, with an array of delicious meats and cheeses that will be brought together in platter form for your feasting pleasure. Upstairs, the rooftop bar boasts tasty cocktails, even more delicious eats and views across the city. It’s a real good time.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport

Randy Wallhole
To put it bluntly, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a Randy Wallhole bagel. There are eight flavours to choose from which means you have multiple per day if you so choose. Go for the Pulled Bas first up, it’s got Smokey BBQ pulled beef, peri mayo and apple slaw. Wash it down with some of the best coffee on the Coast and be on your merry way.
Where: 4/21 Nind Street, Southport 

Boudoir Lounge
A newbie amongst the Southport bunch, Boudoir Lounge is the very best spot for a tasty brunch with the girls or simply a few cocktails after work. Found on Como Crescent, it quickly became the go to spot for those looking for some delicious eats, in a sweet setting and with unique sips of course. Inside there’s also a hair and beauty bar so you can get fabulous before you head out on the town. Perfect.
Where: 410/1 Como Crescent, Southport

Broadwater Parklands
Whether you’re four or 40, theres tons of fun to be had at Broadwater Parklands. For starters, you can sit and stare out at the yachts you’ll never set foot on. Then, there’s the bouncy pillow (maybe don’t go on there without a child), a kiddies train, a water playground and weekly events from theatre shows to foodie markets. See, fun.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport

D Point Ten
Oh donuts, how we love you. D Point Ten can be found on Stevens Street and, in keeping with the general donut vibe, is a little hole in the wall space pumping out the freshest of donuts we may have ever excitedly shoved into our greedy mouths. In all the best flavours no less. Go the Ferrero Rocher for sure.
Where: 6/1 Stevens Street, Southport

Cardamon Pod
The delightful folk at Cardamon Pod are serving up delightful dishes with a focus on clean eating but of the prettiest variety. They offer vegan and gluten free options for breakfast and lunch with a side of organic coffee and vegan desserts. All very delicious and it’s very hard to stop at just one thing or not to post on your Instagram.
Where: Brickworks Centre, 3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport

Panezski Artisan Distillery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Southport’s centre of swimming is something for all of us to be proud of. It’s as pretty as a collection of swimming pools can be and, as it was home to all the Commonwealth Games water activities, it’s world class. The architecture is sleek and there’s a training room featuring pits filled with foam for the divers to practice in.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport 

Escape Hunt
Imagine being wrongly accused of murder, chained to a wall and having to rely on your friends’ detective skills to free you. Who you gonna call? Welcome to Escape Hunt, Southport’s brain bending game guaranteed to test your problem solving skills like they’ve never been tested before. There’s a few scenarios you might be faced with, all of which involve solving a mystery with a set of intricate clues. It’s the most fun you can have inside a locked room. Make sure to take your smart friends. Grab 10% off here.
Where: 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport

Brickworks Centre
Where to start. There are SO many excellent places to peruse at the Brickworks starting with Ferry Rd Market where you can nab yourself everything from beautiful flowers to the freshest breads, seafood and fruit and veggies galore. God it’s good. Within the Centre, there’s also stunning homewares, fashion and design stores and health and beauty services. Oh, there’s also always some really cool events.
Where: Ferry Road, Southport 

Words by Kirra Smith

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)

Southport Sharks Health + Fitness Centre

Karen Capper and Craig Eather in the cycle studio for Radical Fitness/TopRide
Karen Capper and Craig Eather in the cycle studio for Radical Fitness/TopRide
PT Taylor and her client Morgan
Craig Eather in the cycle studio for Radical Fitness/TopRide
Inner Athlete Program
Karen Capper and Craig Eather in the cycle studio for Radical Fitness/TopRide

Like it or not friends, the time has come to start shredding for summer if that is a thing you are a. into and b. willing to sacrifice baked goods for. No judgement over here if not.

If you could stand to shed a bit of winter weight, or you simply want to tone up a little ahead of bikini season, we’ve got good news for you. This Saturday August 25th, Southport Sharks Fitness Centre will host an Open Day and you can both join the gym for $0 and get your first month FREE.

That is an incentive if ever we’ve heard one. Not only that, you get a goodie bag filled with freebies and there’s a mini marketta with all your fave health and fitness brands slinging free samples (think Lorna Jane, Amazonia and ASN to name a few).

If there’s ever been a time to join a gym it is now. What’s so special about this one you ask? Many things Gold Coasters, many things.

Firstly, you can go at literally any time of the day (it’s open 24 hours). Feel like a little sweat session at 3am? Good for you and also, no problem, in you go.

If you’re the kind of person who’s only into the gym for the group fitness classes (same), you’re in luck. Southport Sharks Health + Fitness Centre has over 110 group classes per week so there’s definitely going to be something that’ll get your heart pumping.

Restorative Yoga is probably the fitness level we’re at, or maybe Body Balance or Meditation Yoga. That’s where it ends for us.

If, however, sweating is your jam, there are about a billion choices for you crazy one. Radical Fitness/TopRide is a good time because it’s cycling but with super loud tunes and instructors who are both very good and very encouraging (trust us) and will help you to forget the pain. Not only that, you get to go on three separate adventures throughout the class and the time actually passes super quickly. Which we think is important.

There’s a class called LesMills Sh’Bam and it’s a DANCE CLASS, how fun! Definitely going back for that one. The Zuu is a 45 minute workout based on primal movements and animal instincts including body weight exercises, cardio, strength building and agility. You can also take part in all the usual suspects including Abs, Butts and Thighs, Boxfit, Pump, Step, you get the picture.

The point is, there are so many unique classes to try that you’ll never get bored and by the end you’ll be a fitter, healthier version of yourself and yay for that.

If getting sweaty with strangers isn’t your cup of protein shake, why not try a personal training session? There are quite the array of trainers to choose, each with specific areas of expertise and all ready to whip you into the best shape of your life.

The Inner Athlete Program is yet another option, if you like support from other exercisers to get you through a session. You get body scans, a choice of 16 different sessions per week, workshops, seminars, nutritional advice and access to personal trainers. All for only $29.95 per week.

So you see, there are many, many ways you can get started on that shredding for summer stuff, just head to Southport Sharks Health + Fitness Centre this weekend to choose your fave.

We’ll be over here eating enough for everyone.

LOCATION: Southport Sharks, Cnr Olsen and Musgrave Ave, Southport
HOURS: Open 24/7


Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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