Fall tortellini in love with Cucina Vivo | Gourmand and Gourmet

Fall tortellini in love with Cucina Vivo

The next time you find yourself on the Gold Coast wondering if you should hit up the nearest surf club or find a quick takeaway fish and chip shop – stop.

Get in your car (or take the bus!), make your way to Jupiters Casino, head up to the lobby, and grab a table at Cucina Vivo. While Italian might not sound like your typical coastal feed, trust us when we say it’s worth abandoning the usual greasy battered cod and undercooked chips for. With traditional Italian fare and a few inspired interpretations of the classics, you’ll be walking away with a happy belly and already planning what you’ll eat the next time.


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The newest tasty addition to the casino is perched over the hotel pool, with a wide-open terrace to give it a seaside feel. But you won’t be looking at the view. You’ll be too busy staring wide-eyed at the feast in front of you. Start off with crispy calamari and aioli (which might very well be your usual beachside feed) or a family sized board of antipasti loaded with salami, provola and giardiniera. The next must have is the oven braised Wagyu beef meatballs, so meltingly delicious you’ll want to order 6 more. And a few soft house made bread rolls to mop up the sauce. If you can’t decide between the pizza and pasta to tuck into, just have both (we did!), with woodfired pizzas like the marinara or meaty ciccia, and pastas like the traditional spaghetti carbonara or a more adventurous crab stuffed tortelloni.

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If you haven’t any room left for dessert, you will by the time you’ve finally settled on a pick from their sweets menu. The Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari is hard to go past, especially if you catch sight of another table being served up the dramatic dessert complete with smoky nitrogen and a chocolate dome melting over ice cream and a brownie-like pistachio base. Add in service so friendly you’ll feel like you’ve known them for a lifetime and the relaxed, open dining area and you’ll never want to eat dinner or a weekend lunch anywhere else…Unless it’s next door at the Japanese Kiyomi. Cucina Vivo is open 7 days a week from 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 12pm on weekends.

Words by Ranyhyn Akui