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8 soul-satisfying pasta dishes on the Gold Coast

Salt Meats Cheese (image supplied)
Salt Meats Cheese (image supplied)

Pasta is the very foundation of Italian cuisine and the reason perhaps our Italian friends have so much fire in their bellies and spring in their step? Because if you know Italians well, they are some of the most animated and passionate people you can come across. For this we love them. For giving the world pasta: we adore them!

As we come out of summer, we think it’s a fair time to enjoy some heartier and soul-satisfying dishes, and nothing quite ticks those boxes than handmade pasta goodness — with ALL of the cheese naturally.

But where does one find the perfect pasta dish to bring this crushing idea to realisation? The Gold Coast has many fine Italian eateries, so we painstakingly undid a notch on our belts and to compile a list of the very best. Because we’re nice like that.

Salt Meats Cheese – Flaming Cheese Wheel Pasta
This too-good-to-be-true pasta dish is on fire (literally). Watch as your pasta is prepared at your table in a Flaming Wheel of CheeseThis theatrical spectacle happens every Wednesday night from 5pm. We advise you to book ahead!
Where: 10 Beach Road, The 4217, Surfers Paradise

Gemelli – Spaghetti al Gamberi
The Gemelli twins are 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 sample just the one. Give the Spaghetti al Gamberi a try because these guys combine prawn cutlets, zucchini, chilli, garlic and olive oil in the best possible way.
Where: 2/2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Balboa Italian (image supplied)
Balboa Italian (image supplied)

Justin Lane – Pappardelle, Wagyu bolognaise, Grana Padano
The team at Justin Lane’s cooking game is strong (we LOVE their pizza): but their attention to pasta is also so very serious you should probably go and try them all. If you do decide to choose just one, go with the Pappardelle Wagyu Bolognese, we highly recommend it. Eat, drink and be messy y’all.
Where1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Balboa – Roasted Lamb Cannelloni
Oh, Balboa you aesthetically pleasing thing you. Their fit-out, complete with a glamorous chandelier and bright red Vespa, is enough reason to visit alone. Here you’ll find the pizza is outstanding, but most importantly though, their pasta is to die for. Do yourself a favour and try the Roasted Lamb Cannelloni.
Where: 1069 Gold Coast Highway, 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 yet better than any you’ve tasted before. Promise.
Where: 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Cucina Vivo Spaghetti Carbonara (image supplied)
Cucina Vivo Spaghetti Carbonara (image supplied)

Cucina Vivo – Spaghetti Carbonara
Cleverly denoting rustic and traditional Italian restaurant vibes whilst being located in the very modern The Star Gold Coast; the dining is certainly reminiscent of any local restaurant you’re going to find in Rome. The house-made Fettucine Carbonara is served in a rich, creamy sauce, pancetta, egg, cracked pepper and pecorino cheese. We implore you to go try it.
WhereThe Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Lobby Level, Broadbeach Island

Glenelg Public House — Truffle Gnocchi
Ok ok, so gnocchi isn’t technically a pasta. But folks, hear us out. The kitchen at The Glenelg Public House is home to some of the Coast’s finest culinary steak wizards so when we say you have to swing by Mermaid Beach to savour their Truffle Creamed Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and air-dried Pecorino Cheese, don’t even question it!
Where: 9/2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Radici Pasta House — Tagliatelle Tartufo E Porcini
Flying under the radar down on the southern end of the Coast, Radici is an Italian family-run restaurant who decided to make sunny Coolangatta home 5 years ago. This dish epitomises why Italian cuisine is so damn good. Take black truffle pesto marry it up with imported pork and fennel sausage and then smother it over handmade tagliatelle. That folks, is one of the finest dishes of pasta you will have south of Sicily.
Where: 99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

The Glenelg Public House Truffled gnocchi (image supplied)
The Glenelg Public House Truffled gnocchi (image supplied)

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