You don’t have to travel to the world famous “boot” to eat the best pasta in the world. It’s served fresh right here in the—well, land of the thongs!
And with most of these venues smack bang on the beach, it’s certainly okay to wear your pluggers to the table, but don’t forget an empty stomach because now is not the time for portion control. Not when the Italians are responsible, anyway.
So if you’re searching for the Coast’s tastiest fettuccini, spaghetti or linguine—to name a few—these are the restaurants serving up the best pasta on the Sunshine Coast. Mamma mia!
This understated, typical Italian family kitchen is a hidden gem in Montville, tucked off the main road. The food is so good at Bella Cucina, that even the pickiest toddler could be convinced to tuck in (as ours did!). Think: home-cooked food, set on rustic wooden tables, complete with a Venetian-style courtyard.
Where: 3/182, Main Street, Montville
Contact: 07 5478 5677
Whether it’s a simple pumpkin risotto or the Moreton Bay bugs, there are definitely no dull eats on Bella Venezia’s dish-list. With an extensive take-away menu, why not high tail it to the beach? Take a sneaky drink or two and watch the waves roll in while you immerse yourself in a pasta extravaganza. But reserve the small talk for later, this is serious feasting time.
Where: 9 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 5844
An iconic bistro on the Coast’s glitter strip, Augello’s is favoured among locals and tourists alike. Families can spread out on the open, alfresco-style lower deck or sit upstairs to enjoy sweeping ocean views. Winning 15 awards since 1999, it’s no wonder this modern Italian establishment is still serving to happy customers today. Try the sandcrab lasagne, Mooloolaba king prawns or seafood marina. Bliss!
Where: 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5478 3199
Meaning Moon Bay, Cala Luna not only offers spectacular, ocean views, but Italian food that will have you singing Andrea Bocelli until your pasta arrives. Owners Osvaldo and Rita say their food is sourced from fresh, local ingredients complemented by authentic, imported Italian products. Your lips will be smacking over the duck cannelloni and seafood linguini—buon appetito!
Where: Level 1 Beach Front Towers, 4 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5479 4115
Okay, so they may serve far-out desserts such as the green tea ice cream with liquorice three ways, pumpkin purée, and ginger biscuit crumbs—but it’s their pasta we have come here to talk about, and it’s ah-mazing! With both Australian and Mediterranean influences, Castro’s pastas are fairly priced, with a no-disappointment disclaimer from us. Pasta enthusiasts: sink your teeth into the fettuccini carbonara.
Where: Corner Beach Road and Frank Street, Coolum Beach
Contact: 07 5471 7555
With to-die-for views over Noosa’s Laguna Bay, Bistro C chef Dayle Merlo has created sumptuous, piquant cuisine inspired by the local produce our remarkable region has to offer. This is evident in his team’s award-winning fare. But look no further than the local seafood spaghetti, you won’t be sorry. Where: 1/49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5447 2855
Pretentious and modern? The cuisine here is not. But simple, home-style Italian—it is! At its core, All’ Antica’s traditional recipes showcase provincial cuisine with traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily. Like your cheese hot? Try the Three Cheeses: a popular street-food dish in southern Italy, combining a mix of gorgonzola piccante, mozzarella and parmesan. But for pasta it’s the homemade beef lasagne for us, made with layers of fresh, egg pasta and Nonna’s slow-cooked bolognese sauce. Mwah!
Where: 115A Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina
Contact: 07 5444 0988
The Italian translation of “friends”, owners Sarah and Jason explain that Amici wants to be a part of all your memories, like all good friends should. The dinner menu is extensive and fairly priced, so it’s no wonder people keep coming back for the fresh pasta and friendly service. Top of our list is the cafe’s spaghetti marina. Delizioso!
Where: Knox Avenue, Caloundra
Contact: 07 5491 9511
Perfect for feeding the family or a mid-week “cheep and cheerful”, this favourite Italian haunt offers authentic cuisine and timeless classics. Locals rave about take-away pizza from Little Italy, but if it’s pasta you are after (see what I did there?) the fettuccini chicken, pesto pasta gets our tick of approval.
Where: 69-79 Attenuata Drive, Mountain Creek
Contact: 07 5493 4439
Not feeling like pasta tonight? We know where to find the best pizza on the Sunshine Coast too!
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