Winter on the Gold Coast just got a whole lot better thanks to the arrival of Burleigh restaurant Belvedere Stonemill. The authentic Italian eatery comes to us care of husband and wife duo Fabio Rocco Ricciardi and his wife, Frederica Scalambra.
Fabio, who hails from Modena in Italy, is heading up the kitchen where he’s drawing on decade’s old family recipes to create mouth-watering eats like veal meatballs slow cooked in napoletana sauce and roasted whole baby squid stuffed with chorizo, mussels and olives.
Frederica is the master of all things pasta, making all of it by hand in the restaurant, so you can see first-hand the love that is poured into each dish. Forget your regular Spaghetti Bolognese, here they’re serving up some seriously special dishes. There’s the Gnocconi Ripieni, which is giant gnocchi, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, filled with goat’s cheese and chives, topped with a chunky veal ragu sauce. And we couldn’t get enough of the Passatelli Alle Melanzane—the ultra-fluffy pasta comes with eggplant, capers and olives all slow cooked in a napoletana sauce topped with creamy ricotta.
But our absolute favourite has to be the Gnocchi Cacio Pepe E Tartufo. Perfectly cooked gnocchi and a creamy porcini sauce is mixed together inside a baby wheel of pecorino cheese and served to your table. That’s right, a whole wheel of cheese!
While the pasta is amazing, the pizzas are equally as delicious and are available with vegan cheese or gluten free bases. Our favourites include the Diavola (tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella and hot salami) and the Salsiccia E Patate (stracchino cheese-base, roast potatoes, garlic and pepper pork sausage and rosemary).
Thirsty? Park yourself at the bar and grab a glass of prosecco or merlot on tap—it’s tasty and easy on the wallet. There’s also a bunch of tasty tipples on offer, including a classic Aperol Spritz that will send you straight to the Italian coast.
Belvedere Stonemill feels like a modern trattoria with fairy lights strung in the courtyard, snug booths inside and clusters of basil in empty tomato cans lining the bar. In short, the perfect spot to spend a winter night.
Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List