Cucina Vivo Restaurant- Numero Uno!
Cucina Vivo Restaurant- Numero Uno!

Cucina Vivo Restaurant- Numero Uno!

Cucina Vivo is the newly opened Italian Restaurant in the Jupiters Casino complex. Inspired by the cliff top restaurants along the Amalfi Coast, Cucina Vivo features indoor and outdoor dining which overlooks the newly renovated pool terraces.

Although the restaurant occupies a large space it manages to feel welcoming and relaxed.  The centrepiece of the indoor dining is a huge 2 metre long woodfired oven which was in high demand. I couldn’t help be lured over to the oven. I watched as the pizza’s were being prepared then placed in the oven to cook.

Cucina Vivo Pizza Making

Cucina Vivo Pizza Making

We were shown through to our table on the terrace.  The friendly waitress explained the menu and told us that absolutely everything was made from scratch, in house.  She noted that we had already witnessed the pizza making, and she told us all the varieties of pasta on the menu were also made on the premises.

Cucina Vivo Pizza Oven

Cucina Vivo Pizza Oven

I was suitably impressed. There is nothing quite like freshly made pasta. I soon learned that the kitchen also made their own preserved vegetables for the antipasto platter and pizza’s, cured their own meats and made their own cheese. Absolutely everything in the restaurant was made in an authentic Mediterranean home kitchen style.

Preserved Vegetable Cucina Vivo

Preserved Vegetable Cucina Vivo

The preserves were on display in beautiful jars through out the restaurant.  There was an absolute abundance of colourful varieties of pickles to be seen and it gave the restaurant a real homely feel.

Preserved Vegetables & Pickled Olives

Preserved Vegetables & Pickled Olives

We decided to order drinks whilst we reviewed the menu. Alesah chose the “Just in Thyme” cocktail and I had a glass of sparkling wine.  The cocktail included gin, green chartreuse, lavender and thyme with a sugar syrup.  It was deliciously herby and sweet, with a clean fresh flavour.

Antipasti Platter

Antipasti Platter

After admiring all the pickled vegetables we simply had to try the Antipasti de salumiere. This was a selection of the pickled vegetables, house cured meats, homemade pate of spicy, minced pork meat, breads and a house made provola cheese.  The flavours on the board were a revelation. Crunchy pickled cauliflower and various colours of pickled heirloom carrots were partnered with the rich cured meats perfectly. Fennel, artichoke, eggplant, roasted tomato, mushroom and olives were also featured on this large and diverse antipasti platter.  It was the perfect starter to share, and the generous serving could have easily served a table of four.

Italian Wagyu Meatballs

Italian Wagyu Meatballs

Wagyu beef appears twice on the menu. We ordered the “Polpette al Sugo.” Oven braised wagyu beef meatballs in a rich, chunky Italian style tomato sauce. The meat was so moist and juicy and simply melted in my mouth. I was surprised the balls even managed to stay together as they cooked, they were so delicate. I was told the meatballs were made from 7 score way which is very impressive and also explains the unbelievable flavour and texture. Topping the dish was a strong, sharp parmesan cheese which lifted the flavours of the dish even further.

The other Waygu dish is described on the menu as the “Butter Knife Steak.” Its tenderness is said to be unrivalled by any other steak.  It has a 9+ Wagyu score which is only possible from a full blooded Wagyu.  The steak is so tender it can be cut with a butter knife, hence the name!

Calamari Fritti Lightly fried, served with dill aioli, frisée salad

Calamari Fritti Lightly fried, served with dill aioli, frisée salad

We had ordered some serious culinary dishes but who can go past simple Calamari Fritti? Thin strips of calamari were lightly coated in a salt and pepper batter and fried until light and crispy. I found myself munching one after another! The calamari was so tender and dipped in the creamy lemon, dill, aioli it was a taste sensation.

Mushroom Gnocchi

Wild Mushroom Gnocchi

I am having a love affair with gnocchi at the moment so when I noticed Gnocchi Trifolati on the menu I knew I would be all over it!  The gnocchi was being served with an assortment of sautéed wild mushrooms in a creamy sauce. The aroma of truffles wafted passed my nose as the dish was set before us. The dish held such a deep, rich, earthy aroma and flavour.  I could see so many varieties of mushrooms in the sauce! The gnocchi would have to be the softest, most delicately textured gnocchi I have tried to date. I didn’t even feel I needed to bite these delicious little pillows. They had been finished by pan frying in butter and the dish was freshened with marjoram then given a generous dressing of truffle!! The soft gnocchi soaked up all the truffle and sauce flavours.  Mmmm….

Cucina Vivo Gnocchi & our Lovely Irish Waitress

Cucina Vivo Gnocchi & our Lovely Irish Waitress

I had the opportunity to speak briefly with the chef responsible for my fluffy little pillows of joy and he told me the gnocchi was a labour of love. I had to compliment him profusely, as this really was the best gnocchi I have tried. He seemed happy with my words although he didn’t give me any tips as to how I could improve my own gnocchi making technique.  He did tell the mushroom sauce takes most of the morning to prepare. Although it’s a simple recipe, he said prepping all the varieties of mushroom was very labour intensive. I know I will be back for more!

Cucina Vivo Side Dish

Cucina Vivo Side Dish

As the food began arriving at our table I noticed we hadn’t ordered any greens. After taking a quick look at the side dishes we ordered a side of broccolini served with a lovely sharp parmigiano cheese and sliver of chilli.  The dish had also been sautéed in olive oil and garlic making it a particularly delicious side dish.

Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari Dessert

Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari Dessert

All eyes were on us, as the Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari dessert was brought to our table. The Ferrari dessert is Cucina Vivo’s signature dessert.  A Ferrari red chocolate sphere it brought to the table.  The sphere has a cavity in the middle. The waiter pours a grappa infused chocolate sauce into the cavity.  When the sauce hits the dry ice the theatrics commence and everyone in the restaurant stops to watch! If you think the presentation is pretty special wait until you try the dessert!

Cucina Vivo Signature Dessert

Cucina Vivo Signature Dessert

The dessert doesn’t just rely on the stunning presentation. Once the outer shell is cracked a deliciously creamy stracciatella ice cream dome on a pistachio crostata is revealed.  The dessert is very popular, and its easy to see why, it’s visually spectacular and tastes absolutely decadent.

Also on the dessert menu is the trio of gelati. Guest can choose three flavours of gelato from the range. I guess it should be no surprise by now that all the gelato is made by the talented chefs in the restaurant.  I would have loved to try some of the flavours, but due to a lack of tummy space that will have to wait for another visit.

The last item to be ordered was a pizza to go! I ordered a Ciccia Pizza for the children who were being looked after upstairs in one of Jupiter’s newly refurbished rooms. The pizza had a lovely crisp crust and showcased the kitchens cured meats and cheese beautifully.

Cucina Vivo Salame Pizza

Cucina Vivo Salame Pizza

I’ve had such a great dining experience at Cucina Vivo Restaurant. I’m really looking forward to bringing the family back on my next visit. The restaurant atmosphere is perfect whether your dining with a group of friends or the family. The staff were fantastic, warm, friendly and seemed genuinely happy chatting with diners.  The food is is good, honest authentic Italian served with flair and finesse!

Cucina Vivo Restaurant

Cucina Vivo Restaurant

Oh and watching the Italian pizzaiolo at work was rather nice as well. Is it just me, or does everything sound sexy with an Italian accent?

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Gourmet Getaways would like to thank Cucina Vivo and Jupiters Casino for the opportunity to experience this fantastic restaurant. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy.

 

 Cucina Vivo Restaurant

Jupiters Hotel & Casino
Broadbeach Island Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Ph:07 5592 8100
 

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  1. LOL, I can still remember everyone of all ages, eyes locked in on our dessert. As I spooned I couldn’t take it into my mouth coz all were like holding back their drools hehe. When I finally took the courage to put the spoonful in my mouth, the lady rushed to ask – “Is it good?!” I stopped a moment, looked at them while nodding, “Really GOOD!” And they all talked simultaneously prodding each other to order :). Magnifico!

  2. WOW! Just WOW!!! Each photo I looked at just got better and better. Italian is one of my favourite cuisines…. and that signature dessert looks amazing.

  3. My mouth is watering terribly! That signature dessert looks stunning.

  4. I think those meatballs alone would be worth driving down there for. 🙂 That dessert is more like entertainment but I’d stick my spoon in right away. 🙂

  5. Wow, that chocolate Ferrari dessert looks amazing!

  6. I love that dessert! We have it a couple of times and always really enjoy it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  7. The food looks amazing (especially the desserts! ). I will have to go soon…

  8. Jupiters, now that name brings back memories!!!! I am a sucker for Calamari and the dessert speaks for itself. Later in the year I have a trip planned to the Gold Coast…Jupiters should be on my list. X

  9. I would definitely order that dessert. It looks incredible and I love a bit of theatre. I do love Italian cuisine and how fantastic that Jupiters is so vastly improved on how it used to be – I used to avoid it! xx

    • Lol! I know what you mean Charlie, Jupiters has certainly made some huge changes to the restaurants, both Kiyomi & Cucina Vivo are VERY special.

  10. What a Wondeful place ! It sounds you have a nice meal with Alesah ! The chocolate dessert is terrific ! Love the preserves vegetables and you are right, everybody looks so sexy avec an italian accent 😉

  11. I’m not a fan of mushrooms but I want it with that gnocchi!
    But damn that Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari! Omg so awesomely shot too!

  12. Those preserved vegetables make for great decorations. And for sure, everything sounds sexier when said with an Italian accent 🙂

  13. Oh my! I would want to order another Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari dessert just so I could watch that glorious progression from one deliciousness to another all over again!

  14. Those are really incredible desserts! I love a good pizza oven and pizza too.

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