What will strike you first about Isle of Capri’s Cicchetti, aside from the contemporary dining room with floor to ceiling windows, grand vaulted roof and striking chandeliers, is the eatery’s finest asset—its staff. When the all-Italian team members constantly break into their mother tongue, you know you’re in for a fun night! Need to unwind on Friday with cocktails, live music and charcuterie boards? After a romantic-but-not-too-intimate first date option or perhaps somewhere that welcomes the extended family (kids eat free on Sundays)? You’ll find what you’re looking for at this upmarket pizza and pasta bar.
From traditional spaghetti al pomodoro to caserecce di montagna or pesce al cartoccio (AKA oven-baked barramundi with capers, tomatoes and olives) you’d better bring a dining partner that likes to share. For southerners who rarely venture north of Broadbeach, clearly you’re missing out on one of the best Italian restaurants on the Gold Coast.
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