Cuisine: A La Carte, Italian, Vegan
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+
On Mooloolaba's Esplanade at Pacific Beach Resort lies an authentic (and cheesy) slice of Italy. Welcome to Bella Venezia.
Standing tall for over 36 years, it's a favourite with locals and visitors alike. You'll find yourself irresistibly drawn to its warmth and vintage glamour. Walk-in and you're serenaded by some seriously bougie velvet chairs that wouldn't be out of place in a royal household. If you'd prefer to keep it (literally) breezy, perch yourself on the patio, bedazzled by trees dripping with fairy lights. Romantic much?
With so much deliciousness to choose from, you'll be spending a fair while just pursuing the menu! Make it a leisurely evening and order in some small plates to share. There's everything from Coffin Bay oysters to cured ocean trout, crispy skin pork belly and an array of cured meats, pickles and freshly-made bread.
But remember to leave some room, especially if you plan on tackling a pizza. You have all the classics there as well as a seafood pizza that is truly brimming with all kinds of fruits of the sea. Alternatively, go really classic with lamb porchetta that comes with a tantalisingly sweet parsnip puree or the 16 hours braised beef cheek that practically melts on the tongue. And there's an entire menu dedicated to vegans... vegan cheese and all! Live that cruisy Italian life!