The Coast’s Italian dining game just got upped a notch (or five) with the opening of Il Vento, an authentic Italian joint bringing the finest flavours and flare of Italy to Mooloolaba. Il Vento, which means ‘the wind’, is owned by Head Chef Bob Haddad. Neatly nestled inside Mooloolaba’s newly refurbished The Wharf precinct, Il Vento is like a little slice of Italy right here on the Coast.
Il Vento isn’t just like any other generic Italian restaurant. Their pizza bases and pastas are handmade in store and rolled every day. They even make all their own sauces from scratch, so everything is as fresh and authentic as it could possibly get. And as for the taste? Well it’s simply bellissimo.
The menu features all the Italian classics we know and love, as well as some traditional dishes with a modern twist. Think: polenta and gorgonzola chips, arancini platters, pumpkin and pancetta gnocchi, and amazing wood-fired pizzas. And what's for dessert you might ask? There’s cheese platters, tiramisu, panna cotta and the Il Verde cannelloni, as well as a selection of delicious gelato flavours. How could you possibly say no?
The slightly rustic décor is just as impressive as the menu, featuring plush navy blue leather lounges, bold dark timber tables, textured brick walls and mood-setting down lights. There’s also an outdoor seating area where the kitchen (and it's staff) are on full display, so you can watch your pizza dough being rolled before it’s placed in the giant and ornately decorated pizza oven before finally being delivered to your table. If it’s drinks you’re after, then you won’t be able to look past the bar, which is fully stocked with a collection of Italian wines and spirits, as well as all the Aussie favourites. Cheers to that we say.
Not only does this joint serve up outstanding foodie delights, but it’s the incredible atmosphere that will keep you coming back. The staff are bubbly, the ambient music is super relaxing, and the cool coastal breeze that drifts in over the wharf makes you feel like you could be sitting in a cosy restaurant on the Amalfi Coast.
So, this is definitely one Italian restaurant we will be visiting on the reg, after all, written in giant letters on the back wall of the restaurant are the words ‘Seven days with no pizza makes one weak’. We couldn’t agree more.
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