Grazie for 40 Years, Bella Venezia!

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Georgia Beard reveals how forty years and a bright future of exceptional service and exquisitely crafted cuisine have secured Bella Venezia’s reputation as a staple of the culinary community.

A comforting cascade of warm light, spaces shifting from intimate indoor booths to sprawling alfresco tables and the rich aroma of Italian ingredients rising, roasting and sautéing from the kitchen. 

Wandering down Mooloolaba Esplanade, the all-encompassing sensory experience of Bella Venezia is unmistakable. 

This sumptuous Italian restaurant has been an enduring jewel in the crown of dining on the Sunshine Coast since 1983 – a voyage to the vineyards, trattorias and family dinner tables of Italy worth the drive from Noosa.

Owners Kristine and Todd Young are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their establishment and can proudly reflect
on  decades of hard work, renovations, tantalising menu changes and a never-ending sweep of national and international awards. 

Bella Venezia has evolved and transformed to meet the desires of every client. It offers a secluded sanctuary for a romantic first date; a relaxed open-air venue for relaxed gatherings with family and friends; and a private dining space for group celebrations and connection. 

Bella Venezia has always been generous in its community support, most recently hosting a fundraising lunch in support of Coast2Bay Housing Group, who provide emergency accommodation services for women and children escaping domestic violence. 

The Fundraising for Families lunch in May raised much-needed funds for RISE 2 – Restart In a Safe Environment initiative heard from the professionals on the front line of DFV services. 

Further returning the love to their community, Bella Venezia have recently introduced the Prix Fixe Lunch to their already abundant offering. 

Available every day from 11.30pm to 5pm, choose from a 2-course lunch for $39 per person or a 3-course lunch for $49 per person with a mouthwatering menu that will change regularly.

If you’re seeking a more generous dining experience, Bella Venezia offers a Private Dining Room for memorable functions, whether they be christenings, engagements, weddings, staff parties, conferences or life celebrations.

With no room hire fee, the Private Dining Room is available for exclusive use for a large group on a table of 10 to 20 guests. 

Bella Venezia’s vast, enchanting dining rooms can also cater for up to 70 seated guests with a multi-course menu or 80 standing guests with a canapé-style menu and a choice of over 470 wines from an award-winning wine list.

Consistently refining their offerings, Bella Venezia is proving worthy of their prestigious award collection, which expanded considerably in the last year. 

This year, Kristine and Todd earned a Chef Hat in the Australian Good Food Guide Restaurant Awards after six years of achieving AGFG’s Best Italian Restaurant Sunshine Coast. 

In 2022, the team took home the award for Large Hospitality at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards for the second year in a row! Now we’re hoping to see Bella Venezia recognised for a third year and inducted into Hall of Fame!

Kristine and Todd received Best Formal Italian Restaurant in SEQ and Bronze for Best Formal Italian Restaurant in Australia for the 2022 Restaurant and Catering Awards. Tripadvisor also named Bella Venezia the No. 1 Restaurant in Australia, winning the Traveller’s Choice Everyday Eats Award.

The restaurant’s formidable wine list has also garnered heavy acclaim this year, including the Best of Award of Excellence in the Wine Spectator Awards and Best Wine List in QLD in Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

Behind these well-deserved accolades and honours, a lot of hard work by a passionate team and a loyal customer base is the reason Bella Venezia has elevated itself within the industry. 

As they step boldly into the future of service, every choice Kristine and Todd make will remain grounded in the appetites of their community. Bravo!

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