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INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Ristorante Fellini has won more than 100 industry accolades since its conception at Marina Mirage 18 years ago.

With sweeping views across the Broadwater from its location on the upper level of Marina Mirage, Carlo Percuoco, chef Richard Burt and partner Raffaele Di Benedetto continue to serve the finest in Italian cuisine.

Modern Italian cuisine backed by generations of traditional family cooking ensures the multi-award winning restaurant retains its ever-growing popularity and credibility on the Gold Coast.  From entrée to dessert, the cuisine always delights the tastebuds of its loyal diners.

Fellini’s menu draws upon influences from varying Italian regions with a strong focus on representing Neapolitan and Tuscan cuisines. Diners discover a variety of dishes carefully perfected with an array of flavours.




we opened Fellini 22 years ago on the gold coast as a simple Italian restaurant to emulate the best of the great italian tradition of hospitality and quality at the table and in the glass. The philosophy is easy as it is straight forward – use the best local ingredients as simply as possible and serve them with flourish and joy. As Neapolitan cooks on the Amalfi coast, as a Tuscan cooks in Chianti,as a Sicilian cooks in Palermo, at Fellini our chefs create magic night after night
We love our truly talented chefs and our wonderful family of staff, we love where we live and live to celebrate both our location and our ingredients, from the land, air and sea. Fellini is our interpretation of the best we have come to know in the Italian culture of family where it is best and most often celebrated, at the dinner table
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Saltimbocca di Pollo



The Saltimbocca Di Pollo is one of Ristorante Fellini’s signature dishes and has been on the menu for many years, due to its ongoing popularity among diners. It is a hearty Italian-inspired dish that exudes rich flavours

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Mario Percuoco (snr) was the 3rd generation of his family to pursue a career in hospitality. After working in some of the best restaurants in Naples, he arrived in Australia from Naples with a wealth of culinary knowledge. He introduced many  Australian diners to the staples of the Italian diet – the enormous variety of antipasto, fried zucchini flowers, authentic pasta dishes, and meats and cheeses which in the early 1970’s was largely unheard of here.

Dining out in Australia in the 70′s consisted of few options; your local Chinese restaurant, English-influenced club/pub food, fish and chips or americanised imitations of Italian food.

Mario Percuoco and his eldest son Armando opened Pulcinella in 1979 where Mario was determined to introduce real Antipasto to Australian diners. However, Australia in the 1970′s had very limited ingredients available to create a truly authentic antipasto cart with its array of seasonal vegetable dishes, so he pushed a number of food suppliers to either create or source the ingredients required. Mario Percuoco is also credited with introducing Australians to mascarpone, a cheese made from cream and traditionally used in various dishes of the Lombardy region of Italy.

It’s also the main ingredient of the classic dessert Tiramisu.

Run by the Percuoco family, Pulcinella was a sprawling 200 seat restaurant located in Sydney’s Kings Cross, with a reputation for fresh Italian food, attentive service and lively atmosophere. Armando was the face of the business and the driving force behind its success along with his (then) wife Trudy, brother Tony, sisters Anna and Carmela and mother Olympia – all working to make it one of the best-loved Italian restaurants in the country.





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In 1987, Armando opened Buon Ricordo in Paddington, an Italian fine dining experience.buon-ricordo-379296

This was shortly followed by brother Tony opening Senso Unico in Surry Hills – another very popular Italian restaurant.

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After 10 years with Senso Unico, Tony moved to the Gold Coast (QLD), Where he and youngest brother Carlo opened Ristorante Grissini, which quickly became one of the most well-known restaurants in the city.

Carlo, the youngest of Mario’s, children soon after, opened a casual dining restaurant and pizzeria aptly named, “Bocconcini”.

By 1997, the two brothers and their sister (Anna) joined forces once again and opened Ristorante Fellini at Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast.

In the meantime, back in NSW, Armando opened Gastronomia Chianti (in ’92) in partnership with Doreen Orsati, reflecting the Milanese style, ‘Tavola Calda’, literally “hot tables” – a sort of deli/cafe/bistro that offered hot and cold pastas, salads, panini, main dishes and side dishes, in addition to desserts, soft drinks, wine and beer.


In the late 90′s, Armando and his partner, Gemma Cunningham planted an olive grove in the Hunter Valley, with the aim to produce and distribute Armando’s own brand of olive oil. After 10 years, the first crop of olives was harvested and now the oil is available in a number of delicatessens, specialty food shops and Buon Ricordo itself, under the label, “Armando”. In addition, the property also produces Seville orange marmalade and is just in the early  stages of developing a small vineyard.

For the last 5 years, Valleyfield has offered boutique accommodation in a luxurious, private guesthouse (Valleyfield Escape),  nestled at the base of beautiful limestone hills with views of the olive grove, native flora and fauna and a short drive to the famous Hunter Valley wine region.

Around the same time as Armando and Gemma opened the guest house, the Percuoco family in QLD had established 2 new businesses;

1. Pastificio Fellini – An artisan-style pasta and sauce-making facility, situated behind the Fellini restaurant and

2. EcoStudio Fellini – comprised of 6 unique guest lodges and event facilities, it specialises in weddings, corporate events and other special occasion functions.

2011 was a year of new ventures for the Percuoco family with Armando’s  son, Mario Percuoco, opening Ristorante Acqua Pazza in the Sydney CBD, launching the 5th generation of restaurateurs into the Australian market.

Also in 2011, after 14 years at Fellini, Tony and his wife Gordana moved to Brisbane and opened, Tartufo Ristorante and Wine Bar in the Emporium complex, Fortitude Valley.

Carlo, Anna (and now) Carmela continue to offer the best Italian cuisine on the Gold Coast and in late 2011 opened the Fellini Cocktail Bar connected to the restaurant, much to the delight of regular and new patrons alike.

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RESTAURANTS    Buon Ricordo    Fellini    Tartufo

ACCOMMODATION/FUNCTIONS    ValleyField Escape    EcoStudio Fellini

PRODUCE Armando Extra Virgin Olive Oil Armando Marmalade, Pastificio Fellini Pasta & Pasta sauce






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