Golosi Food Emporium is one of the most impressive specialty food shops on the Gold Coast. Established in March 2013, Golosi is themed like a European deli, a labour of love for owner Selena Quested, showcasing fine produce and deli items from Australia and overseas in a beautiful setting.
A visit to Golosi is a sensory experience of smell, taste, texture and visual presentation. Golosi means ‘gluttonous or greedy people’ in Italian; fittingly, we hunger for more! For foodies, it’s ‘like walking into a hug’, the emotional connection established from the moment we set food in the door, embracing and comforting.
Everywhere we look there are bursts of colour and deliciously tempting displays. Fresh flowers line the doorway in buckets, Selena’s specially made ‘Golosi candle’ burns at the pinnacle of a display, and tabletop cloches are filled with artisan-made cakes and slices. Goods fill the 120-year-old hardwood shelves of the shop and a large central table. Stacked vintage boxes stand alongside the shelves, the well-spaced displays enabling an unhindered circuit of the store, lingering to examine each product, collecting trophies as we go.
Selena tells us that the hand-picked produce she sells could be divided into two sections: handmade goods from small batch Australian producers with a focus on organic, and specialty Italian goods that she has sourced from overseas, including her ‘top shelf’ specialty, limited edition 100-year-old aged balsamic vinegars from two of Italy’s oldest producers. You won’t find anything like this in a supermarket!
Wall shelves are packed with ranges of pasta from the Noosa Pasta Company and the Hunter Valley Pasta Company’s award-winning Pasta di Porto, “Pangkarra” pastas from a family in the Clare Valley, Italian olive and truffle oils, organic eggs, seeded crackers, local chutneys and relishes.
In the deli and fridge sections, there’s a great range of local and imported cheeses and curds, alongside proscuitto, Boozy duck pâté from Hope Island, locally made salsa and jams and Salumi Australia’s smallgoods. The hot cabinet houses the award-winning Boscastle pies in party, single and family sizes, available daily. Open-faced and beautifully packaged, every single product we look at is the best of the best.
“It’s all about sourcing the most exceptional products we can,” says Selena, who obviously puts her retail purchasing background to good use. “Though the products may change, the quality doesn’t. There’s no standout bestseller. It’s a living breathing entity, always evolving. I know each product individually. There’s not much in this shop I haven’t eaten,” she tells us.
Selena’s passion for food and her ‘can do’ attitude pervade the shop: a personal pride in the quality of such artisan products as well as excellent service to inform your choices.
For Selena, her business is all about people.
“I’ve met some of my best friends through the store. Burleigh has a real community feel. We build amazing relationships with clients, sourcing products they want, putting attention into the detail to make that gift really special, that proposal hamper amazing. It’s all about giving service the personal touch,” she says.
Small? Maybe, but certainly exceptional! Golosi proves that you don’t have to be big to be great. There’s nowhere on the coast quite like it.
3/45 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220 Ph: 07 5520 0704
Open: Mon to Sat 7AM – 6PM; Sun7AM – 5PM
NOTE: This review has also been published on Blank GC.