Loving Lucios

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In just six short months, Lucio’s Marina has cemented itself as a dining destination for a taste of Italy. John Caruso hosted a wine lunch fresh from the soil of Sicily’s Mt Etna.

Lucio’s Marina was designed to offer a taste of a traditional Italian seafood trattoria and our IN Noosa Magazine Wine Lunch with ViniCali wines did just that!

Guests were treated to a traditional Sicilian aperitif and antipasti before being transported to the Italian Island of Sicily with a three-course feast matched superbly with a range of ViniCali wines.

Just as Matteo honours his father’s heritage with the namesake Lucio’s restaurant; so too does third-generation winemaker Mario Cali whose vineyards are located at the base of Sicily’s famous Mt Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano.

The rich volcanic soils and altitude together with a focus on sustainable, hand harvested wines from indigenous grape varietals were a perfect match for the Sicilian-inspired dishes coming out of Lucio’s kitchen. 

With a growing team knocking out superb dishes, stunning water views and the bar now set up to deliver the best pre-dinner cocktails in town, there’s a lot to love about Lucio’s!



Bug Bon Bon – Moreton Bay Bug tail fried with mustard dressing

Arancini di polipo – classic arancini filled with octopus, tomato and mozzarella

Sicilian Granita Spritz


Tagliolini con tonno crudo – house made tagliolini with bagna cauda and raw tuna

2020 ViniCali ‘Galatea’ Etna Rosato


Pesce spada con caponata – Mooloolaba swordfish loin on a classic Sicilian capponata

2020 ViniCali ‘Fanciulla’ Etna Bianco


Pecorino stagionato – aged pecorino served with pear and pané carasau

2019 ViniCali ‘Moro’ Etna Rosso

About the Author /


After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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