Lucky Lucianos Italian

It’s ‘déjà vu’ when we enter Lucky Lucianos. Not only does it get its name from the godfather of modern organised crime, Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano, but there’s also (perhaps unwittingly) a nodding reference to Lucky’s Trattoria, the legendary pizzeria that operated during Fortitude Valley’s former ‘days of grunge’.

Newly married and on paupers’ wages, we spent many an evening entertained at Lucky’s, which owner/chef Luciano Morselli (Lucky to his friends), ran from its opening in 1974 until 2010.

Besides their nomenclature and Italian heritage, this Lucky’s has little in common with either of its two forebears.

In a sign of the times, Sydney restaurateur Tom Chidiac of The Naked Duck (Sydney) and Sir Chapel Brewery at The Tramsheds, Melbourne has chosen shopping centres for his latest ventures – Lucky Lucianos at The Kitchens, Robina and Bootlegger in Chermside, Brisbane.

Lucky Lucianos is a classical dining room, the warmth of wood and choice of cosy booths or tables accommodating both couples and extended family groups with ease. Clean and sophisticated with a well-stocked bar, it’s an inviting escape from the world of shopping; a dining destination in its own right.

The food alone is worth a shopping trip. With an open kitchen, pizzeria and pasta bar on display, Lucky Lucianos not only serves delicious pizza from their woodfired oven, but also a range of handmade pasta, regional meat dishes and hand-crafted desserts – comfort food to see us through the cooler months.

Small plates are generously sized enough to dine on two as a meal. Plump mussels in chilli and tomato sauce, two types of arancini and bruschetta are perennial favourites, (not to mention truffled fries!), but our favourite here is Chef Toma’s meatballs or polpette. They’re soft and flavour-filled; some of the best we’ve tasted.

An antipasto platter for two ($49) would make a handsome pre-movie feast, or an entrée for four, but we can’t pass up on pizza, its aromas tempting us as we walked past the pizza oven on our way in.

It’s a luscious Neapolitan-style pizza, its Gamberi mix of King prawns, chorizo, chilli and tomato topping providing depth of flavour on a smoky thin woodfired base ($29). Absolutely delicious! (We note that gluten-free bases are also available for an extra $3.50.)

Risotto is hard to pass up, but Spaghetti marinara wins our hearts, loaded with prawns, mussels, fish and squid in a tasty garlic Napoli sauce ($32).

There are lots of dishes to come back for: Nonna’s lasagne, Veal saltimbocca, Chicken with wild mushrooms and cream, and most definitely another pizza.

Desserts include panna cotta, tiramisu and Nutella pizza ($14 – $16).

But while we’re convinced by the quality of the food at Lucky Lucianos, the short eclectic wine list has a ‘snatch and grab’ approach to both selection and mark up. Cocktail prices range from $18 – $20.

Fortunately, there’s a daily Happy Hour from 4.30 – 5.30 with $5 wine, beer and spirits and $12 cocktails, an incentive for after-work gatherings to linger on and enjoy some of the fabulous food from Chef Toma’s kitchen.

Far away from its eponymous forebears, Lucky Lucianos Italian represents a new age of dining: a distinguished restaurant in a shopping centre environment. It’s well worth a stop to eat.

The Kitchens, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina Ph: 07 5689 1463

OPEN: Mon – Sun 8am – 9pm

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guest of Lucky Lucianos Italian.

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