Enjoy la bella Italia and its dolce vita culture at Jupiters Gold Coast this Thursday 26 May to Sunday 5 June, as they celebrate Italian week.

Established in Brisbane in 2007, Italian Week showcases traditional Italian cuisine and culture — and this year’s event will highlight Jupiters’ award-winning restaurant, Cucina Vivo.

Across 11 days, Cucina Vivo will be offering a five-course degustation menu called ‘A Short Trip around Italy’ offering a tasteful sojourn around the flavoursome country, including dishes and ingredients from Tuscany, Venice, Milan and Southern Italy.

Stepping through the doors of the restaurant will instantly transport diners to the land of green, white and red, and make you feel as if you are visiting an Italian marketplace complete with the familiar aromas of traditional Italian cooking and sound of Italian music.

The menu begins with an Aperitif (appetiser), featuring a classic Negroni cocktail wood barrelled for 45 days from Treviso, followed by an Antipasti dish of Tuna Carpaccio, originating in Venice with its namesake Vittore Carpaccio an acclaimed painter.

Next the Primi (main course) highlighting flavours from both Tuscany and Milan with a Braised Lamb Shoulder, handmade Pappardelle pasta, gremolata and peas, while the Sicilian
Limoncello sorbet following, acts as the perfect palate cleanser.

The Secondi (second main course) will feature the Fiorentina Bistecca, a chargrilled wagyu striploin with anchovy caper butter, porchini gnocchi and truffle oil. Drool!

To finish, Dolci (dessert) made up of the sweet flavours of Italy including classics of Tiramisu, panna cotta, gelati, and Italian dacquoise.

Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Italian Week and Italian culture to us!

Cucina Vivo’s five-course degustation menu will be on offer from Thursday 26 May to Sunday 5 June at Jupiters Gold Coast. For more information visit www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au