The round-up: top spots for a takeaway Italian feast on the Gold Coast
There’s something deeply satisfying about plunging a fork into a bowl of freshly made pasta topped with just the right amount of sauce, that first eagerly anticipated sip of a slightly chilled red or wrapping your mitts around a sizeable slice of pizza straight from the oven – it’s the culinary equivalent of a big, warm hug, which sounds pretty darn great during these trying times. With that in mind, here are some of the best Italian takeaways on the Gold Coast right now.
Orzo, Broadbeach: A relative newcomer to the list, Orzo opened its doors in late 2019 and has quickly adapted to this new world order by offering a unique takeaway menu inspired by the different regions of Italy. This weekend (May 1 and 2), take your tastebuds to Verona with a serve of squid-ink tagliatelle with prawns, asparagus and pea and a classic tiramisu for dessert. Tip, ask the staff about a sneaky wine pairing and you have yourself the perfect night in. To pre-order the weekend menu or take a peek at Orzo’s excellent cook-at-home selections, jump over here. You can drive-through and pick-up from The Oracle, and local delivery is also available.
Pepé Italia Deli Palm Beach: Pepé’s Palmy venue is embracing the spirit of DIY and has packaged up some fool-proof kits so you can whip up a fabulous gnocchi feast at home. If you’re still keen to outsource to the experts, there are some pre-loaded pizzas that you simply heat and serve or a frozen lasagne to feed the tribe. To order, head to Pepé’s online store. Delivery to surrounding suburbs is free for orders over $50.
Mario’s Italian, Broadbeach: When a restaurant has been operating for nearly 30 years you can be fairly certain they’ve nailed the formula and Mario’s Italian in Broadbeach is living proof. The menu walks the line between traditional and spans from pizzas, to handmade pastas, Italian share plates and more and the best part? It’s all available to takeaway. Take a look at the menu in all its glory here.
Balboa Italian, Palm Beach: A favourite among GC locals for its woodfired pizzas and handmade pasta, Balboa Italian has moved online for the moment with its entire mouthwatering menu available for takeaway and delivery. Feeling adventurous? The crew have also put together some Balboa At Home packs with uncooked pasta, sauces, affetati and meals that are ready to heat and eat – hellooooo roasted lamb cannelloni. Jump over here to get ordering.
Gemelli, Broadbeach: When you think of Italian food, you probably think of meaty bolognese and cheesy everything but Gemelli in Broadbeach is switching things up with a 100-percent vegan menu on Fridays and Saturdays – yes, you read right, vegan Italian! The set menu is $40 per person and is set to change weekly but here’s a taste – focaccia loaded with chopped artichoke, cherry tomatoes, basil and olives followed by zucchini ragu, eggplant parmigiana and homemade ‘Ferrero Rocher’ gelato. Yes, yes and yes. Order online here.
Osteria del Mare, Burleigh Heads: If you’ve been daydreaming of basking in the Amalfi Coast sunshine eating antipasto and sipping an Aperol spritz, you are definitely not alone! While that might not be possible for the foreseeable future, you can still enjoy a little taste of Italy with Osteria del Mare’s takeaway menu. If a date night is on the cards, there’s a special for two pizzas and a bottle of vino for $50 or if you have a tribe to feed, the family deal includes two pizzas, one garlic pizza bread and a rocket and parmesan salad for $48. Peruse the menu here.
Belvedere Stonemill, Burleigh Heads: Located beneath Swell Resort in Burleigh Heads, the authentic Italian eatery is the handiwork of Italian-born Fabio Rocco Ricciardi, who was previously the chef for the Ferrari team in the Formula 1 racing circuit – so you know it’s the goods. Pizza and pasta are the hero here and the great news is that everything from the pumpkin gnocchi to the perfectly crispy pizza is available to takeaway. Order via UberEats.
Gallura Italian, Tweed Heads: Inspired by the Italian island town of Sardinia, Gallura’s menu of traditional Sardinian specialties has been adapted to a takeaway format so you can still get your fix of lemon-butter risotto with locally sourced king prawns or lamb ossobuco with lamb-shoulder ragu. Peep the takeaway menu here.
Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers, Southport: Got a hankering for gnocchi? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This dedicated gnoccheria won over hearts and stomachs in Brisbane for years before making the move south, setting up shop in Southport in early 2020. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers specialises in authentic handmade Italian gnocchi, all made from scratch on site. The menu is kept intentionally simple with a choice of six gnocchi variations, plus sides and snacks like marinated olives, Italian salad, truffle-salted potato chips, and golden salt-and-pepper calamari. Order online here and get ready to feast.
Ioesco, Sanctuary Cove: Ioesco is continuing to showcase true Italian hospitality and dish up its much-loved contemporary interpretations of classic Napoli cuisine to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. The crew are sweetening the deal by offering 15-percent off with the code STAYHOME at the checkout. Order here.
Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads: If you’re talking pizza on the coast, it’s pretty hard to go past Burleigh institution Justin Lane. The popular beachside haunt lauded for slinging top-notch booze, food and good times is continuing to satiate cravings with its famous sourdough pizza and handmade pasta, takeaway style. Order direct through Justin’s website here and if you can’t be bothered with pants, there is a delivery option available.
Bread n Butter, Kirra: Luring locals with $20 pizza, pasta and gnocchi, Bread n Butter in Kirra is at your service. Take a sneaky look at the takeaway menu here or if you’re more of a hands-on kind of person, there is a selection of DIY meals available here, order online for Thursday delivery. Hot tip, the gnocchi is a real treat!
Francie’s Pizzeria, Coolangatta: If you’re a sucker for punny names and really excellent pizza, Francie’s is your place. Hoof into a slice of Get Figgy With It, which as you may have deducted is loaded with fresh figs, or rock a piece of Sage Against The Machine, or both, we’re not here to judge. There are nightly specials on their Insta (take a peek here) or you can take a gander at the whole takeaway menu here. To order, text your name and order to 0411 415 554 and they’ll reply with a pick-up time. Open Wednesday through to Sunday.
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