Are you looking for delicious Italian food at a reasonable price in Surfers Paradise? Then look no further than Alfresco Italian. It’s not gourmet, it’s not Edgewater on the river at the Isle of Capri, but it is good honest food set in a bustling location in the heart of the GC.
When my husband and I rocked up on Saturday night, after a delightful pre-dinner drink at the recently renovated Islander Hotel, we were surprised to find a busy restaurant and a long queue of people waiting. You know it’s good when there’s a queue out the door. Luckily for us, we had a booking. The restaurant is split into two dining areas, one out the front on the pavement and one around the corner up the side street. In fact, there are so many tables they’re spilling out in every direction. We sat in the heart of the front section where we could do some people watching on Surfers Paradise Boulevard.
We shared calamari to start, which was lightly battered and served with a tasty aioli and salad. My husband is a big pizza fan and so he ordered the Alfresco, their signature pizza. I ordered the Alessia with fettuccine, which included roasted pumpkin; chicken; pine nuts; and spinach in a creamy white wine sauce. It was as delicious and wholesome as it sounds, a solid and comforting bowl of pasta. Hubby’s pizza came with lashing of yummy toppings including salami, olives, red onion and pineapple (his favourite). It also had a delicious thin and crispy base.
Despite being rather full, we did indulge in a little dessert, sharing a lemon gelato. That was probably the best bit of the meal, smooth and zingy, a great palate cleanser for the end of the night. The clientele ranged from youngsters on a first date to a hens party, to an older couple enjoying a quiet date night. The staff were friendly and despite the occasional language barrier, helpful and efficient with your order. Overall I would give this place a 7 out of 10, and a solid contender for tasty Italian on the Gold Coast.
By Charlotte Hall