‘A Little Taste Of’ Cucina

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Trading Plates recently migrated north for the winter from freezing Melbourne to the sunny Gold Coast.tasting-plate

On our travels, we visited Alto Cucina (Kitchen & Bar) in Broadbeach for some hearty Italian cuisine and a good night out. Alto stands for ‘A Little Taste Of’ Cucina (Kitchen & Bar).

Emily Pirie, the Restaurant/ Function Manager filled us in on some of Alto’s culinary processes and how to make the perfect Italian coffee!


Who is the chef and what is his background in food?
Adam is our head chef. He has been a chef for about 20 years. Marlon, one of the owners, also has a fair input as to what appears on the menu – he loves tapas. Our menu is a real mix of popular dishes from the last 10 years and new, trending fmushroom-risottoood.

How are meals and recipes devised?

Every fortnight, we give all our chefs the opportunity to come up with a dish to go on the specials, then we make a note of the best sellers and whether they are cost effective. Then these will usually go on the permanent menu once it comes time to change it.

How often does the menu change and why?

We change the menu at least twice a year. We try and go with the seasons, so our menu changed recently for winter.treacle-tart-cream

Where do you source your produce from? What things are important to you when choosing ingredients? 

We usually look at local suppliers and the most important thing for us when choosing produce is freshness.

Can you explain a bit more about what coffee is on offer and why these choices were made?  

We use Dimattina Coffee, it is a great blend called Prima Tazza. We use this as they are business partners of ours and a produce great coffee.

What are your tips for making the perfect coffee?
A great barista! Also, the shot of coffee is important, but I have to say silky smooth milk is what makes an amazing coffee.

What are the most popular meals and drinks on your menu?
That’s a hard one because we do breakfast, lunch and dinner… Salmon scrambled for breakfast is amazing, as is the pork belly. Otherwise the lamb shoulder is selling really well for winter.  A great glass of red in the winter months is always superb – my favourite is the Fickle Mistress pinot noir.

What do you feel is your point of difference? 

We strive for amazing customer service, having knowledgeable staff on all our products, so they can sell anything we need them to.
Victoria Avenue, The Oasis,
Broadbeach QLD 4218
(07) 5539 0377 

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