Saturday, April 4, 2015

Food Adventure: Cucina Vivo

Location / Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach 4128

Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of @eatbrisbane's Instameets for food bloggers at Cucina Vivo located at Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast. I was quite excited as I've never been to event like this before and it was amazing to meet new people who shared the same interest in food as me!

The entrance is deceiving as half of the actual restaurant is hidden behind the pizza counter as photographed above! Everything was set out nicely, the place was buzzing with people and the interior added that extra element to Cucina Vivo. As I mentioned previously, the restaurant is actually so spacious, there's even a patio that overlooks a gorgeous swimming pool. 

We were greeted and looked after by the most loveliest waitress called Emma. She recommended us so many funky drinks and I kid you not, I ended up having three cocktails in the span of the first hour or half. 

Started off with a Limonata Passion / Bombay Gin, passionfruit, San Pellegrino Limonata

Kawaii something (can't remember the full name) and Japanese Mojito (v. delicious)

All I know is that this drink had vodka in it, but we mainly ordered this drinks because: aesthetics 

Once everyone arrived and got settled, that's when the real fun began. 

Antipasti del Salumiere / A selection of chef's choice salami, provola, giardineria 
Poppette al Sugo / Oven braised wagyu meatballs
Calamari Fritti / Lightly fried, served with dill aioli, frisee salad 
Arugula e Pere (not pictured) / Balsamic roasted pears, argula, provolone, semi-dried tomatoes, vinaigrette 

Pizza Ciccia / Tomato Mozzerella, meatball pieces, pancetta, hot salami, smoked leg ham, mushrooms
Petto di Pollo / Corn fed chicken breast with braised forest mushrooms, charred figs 
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino / Extra virgin olive oil, chilli with a light parsley crumb

Flavours of Italy / An assorted variety of small, delicious desserts - two gelati, tiramisu, zuppa inglese and panna cotta
Pizza, Nutella e Mascarpone / Nutella chocolate pizza with soft mascarpone clouds and caramelised bananas

Talking to all these different people made the night that extra bit more enjoyable, even though we had just met that night, there were actually so many things we talked about. 

I'm getting hungry just looking at this post...

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