Alfresco Italian Restaurant

Alfresco Italian Restaurant presents Surfers Paradise with a glimpse of Naples through its frescos of the Amalfi Coast, its authentic Southern Italian cuisine and its bustling friendly service. It’s the casual dining restaurant celebrities keep coming back to, a place where locals like us are made to feel like family.

Little could Raffaele Velardo have dreamed, when he first stepped onto Australian shores at the age of three, that one day he would preside over the most popular Italian restaurant in Surfers Paradise, opposite the family restaurant where he worked during his school years.

P1000427 With parents Tony and Silvana, Raff left Naples following the 1980 earthquake to join family already living on the Gold Coast. The family’s first pizza restaurant opened in 1985 in Southport, Alfrescos in 1992, moving over the road in late 2009. When the light rail resumed the original restaurant several years ago, the family business continued in the new venue with the restaurant in two parts – casual dining at the front near the pizza oven and more formal dining in the rear section.

Alfresco 21 Pizza is still a main menu item. Most noteworthy is the Crommo’s Special, one of our favourite pizzas on the Coast, a generously topped pizza featuring pepperoni, prawns, mushrooms, olives, garlic with a touch of chilli, however there are many more options on offer. Our favourites include the Spaghetti Marinara scattered with fresh prawns, calamari and mussels, Fettucine Alessia (with Roasted pumpkin, chicken, pine nuts and spinach), Veal Zingara (Scallopini with prawns and mushrooms in white wine and cream sauce), the melt in your mouth Eye Fillet (with or without prawns on top) Fresh Snapper or the Wild Barramundi.

Alfresco Elston4 Blackboard Specials also catch our eye: Mussels in a wine laced Napoli sauce, Moreton Bay bugs, a Rich Seafood Ragu served with crusty bread, Whiting fillets with garlic aioli and salad. Gluten free pizza bases and penne pasta are also available upon request. The renowned house Crème Brulée, Tiramisu or Homemade Gelati are all delicious if you have the room!

There’s a happy buzz of activity through the restaurant, with family groups celebrating birthdays, friends meeting for an affordable meal in the alfresco area outside and couples choosing a more intimate corner. For diners there’s a hearty greeting, a pat on the back for regulars and a cheery hello for ‘out of towners’.  It’s efficient friendly service, presided over by Raff and Les, jogger-clad, forever on the run to ensure that orders are taken, water bottles refilled and food arrives promptly. All in all, there’s a vibe of busy activity: staff eager to serve customers and diners having a great time.

Alfresco 20 Today, Alfresco is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular restaurants – a bustling Italian restaurant, proud of its cultural and family heritage, focussed on serving delicious hearty dishes to tourists and locals alike in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Save3018 Surfers Paradise Blvd (Cnr Hamilton Ave), Surfers Paradise

Open: Mon – Sun 5pm – late Ph: 07 5538 9333  
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  1. Tim, 1 year ago

    Our family recently attended this restaurant for our daughter’s 16th birthday. We have been here many times since moving to the Coast in 2002 and it has been our favourite Italian restaurant in the past. Upon arrival we were greeted enthusiastically by the Maitre D’ and shown to our table. We ordered the focaccia pizza bread for starters. It was excellent as usual.
    When ordering the rest of our meal, I enquired to see if the restaurant still did an antipasto platter as they used to do in the old premises…The antipasto came out for entrée and was immediately followed by the main courses so that we did not have time to enjoy the entrée which was especially disappointing.
    The antipasto consisted of 4 slices of bread (one for each person), 4 slices of prosciutto, some olives, very large chunks of parmesan cheese, a few kalamatta olives and a pile of fetta cheese which I thought was a Greek thing. This was just served on a standard sized dinner plate rather than a platter.
    There was no salami or any other charcuterie which used to be the case. No breadsticks were present and there was no marinated vegetables which used to be served in the old restaurant. Although this was disappointing, we were keen to have a good night so we tried to make the best of it. The Maitre D’ came over to ask how the meal was, so I explained the above issues whilst stressing that it was not really a problem. The antipasto was removed from the table as we were not keen to continue eating it…A few minutes later the Maitre D’ returned to explain that he had spoken with the chef who had worked at the restaurant for 20 years and the chef had advised that it had always been done this way…The fact is that this is completely untrue as the antipasto platter in the old Al Fresco’s used to be served in the traditional manner and the version we received did not even run a close second place…I think the mistake may have been realised and free desert was offered. It was all too late for us after these people ruined our outing for our daughter’s 16th birthday… [Comment edited by GFGC]

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    • marj, 1 year ago

      Hi Tim, It’s always risky ordering an item which is not on the restaurant’s menu, especially an item from another restaurant, albeit a restaurant owned by a family member. In this case, however, you were not charged for the antipasto. You were also given a complimentary dessert, which shows the restaurant’s desire to ensure goodwill. Occasions will always arise where one party, either the restaurateur and/or the consumer is not completely happy. We believe it’s always best to take your complaints up with the restaurant concerned to give them a chance to improve the situation, as they appear to have done in this case. Kind regards, GFGC

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