An Italian feast is always a good idea.
All that pizza and pasta and general feelings of comfort and love, what could be better? Perhaps a few Italian cocktails thrown in for good measure.
Luckily, the good people at Burleigh’s Margarita Cartel have you covered with the opening of their latest venue The Don Italian Kitchen, home of an Italian feast that you’re going to want to get involved in immediately.
The newbie opened recently just two doors down from the very popular Mexi-joint and in the same strip as much-loved eateries Commune Espresso and Light Years.
It’s a laidback space with plenty of outside seating, a wall length mural of The Don himself and a big old pizza oven that’ll make your dining dreams come true.
The menu is made up of comforting, modern Italian eats with a bit of an Aussie twist and owner Ivan is Italian himself, so he obviously knows what’s up.
Nonna would be proud.
The star of the show is The Don, a meatball pizza with meatballs stuffed into the crust too and it’s a treat let us tell you.
There are also small plates like arancini, Northern-style fish croquettes and a rolled chicken parmiagana that’s a quirky take on a dish we Aussies love.
For mains, there’s a range of authentic woodfired pizzas in many tasty flavours, handmade pastas and pillowy gnocchi stuffed with spinach and ricotta that’s absolutely one of the best around.
There’s an Eggplant Parmigiana too, but not as you know it. It’s crumbed and deep fried and a party in your mouth.
To sip, an array of Italian cocktails including a Limonchello Spritz that’s a little bit sweet and a little bit sour and the perfect tipple for the warm weather we’re all about here.
Of course, there’s an array of Italian beer and wine to choose from too.
Now if you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind a night of mixed cuisines, you’re in luck.
You can order anything from the Margarita Cartel menu while you’re dining at The Don and vice versa and there are plans in the works to add another venue to the mix.
The pair (for now) have been dubbed The North Burleigh Kitchens and we’re very excited to see what happens next.
If you like the sound of Italian eats with a little Aussie twist and a lot of flavour, The Don is your man.
Happy days Gold Coasters.
LOCATION: Shop 4, 1840 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Words and photos by Kirra Smith