About us

Owned and operated by the four Fellini partners – Carlo Percuoco, sister Anna Cacace, head chef Richard Burt and partner Raffaele Di Benedetto, the internationally-acclaimed restaurant is well-known for its exemplarily service, picturesque location, luxurious ambience, and above all – its citywide reputation of serving the finest in Italian cuisine.

 

Co-owner and restaurateur Carlo Percuoco attributes the restaurant’s ongoing success to a shared love for quality food and service that remains prevalent among the Fellini team.

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Carlo

Percuoco

Carlo Percuoco was  born in Naples and developed his culinary skills after growing up in the family business, Sydney’s famous Pulcinella restaurant. By the age of 18, Carlo ventured out into the dining room and by 21 he joined his brother Tony at his restaurant Senso Unico. Moving to the Gold Coast in 1993 he and brother Tony opened the successful Ristorante Grissini and later Bocconcini until the opening of today’s renowned Ristorante Fellini. Carlo holds a Master Farmhouse Cheese Maker certificate and has been accredited as a fellow with the Negociants Wine Fellowship. He mastered his pasta making skills working closely throughout the years with pasta makers in Italy and has been involved in a CSIRO project for the pasta industry in Australia. Carlo’s impressive history also includes the creation of the Gold Coast Chapter of Slow Food. Being the youngest of the Percuoco dynasty, Carlo has the fortune of having the best teachers in his mother Olimpia and father Mario and brothers Armando and Tony.

Carlo believes to become a great restaurateur you need great teachers, a good attitude and be very humble.

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Richard

Burt

Australian chef Richard Burt started his impressive career in 1980 at the Lakeside International Hotel in Canberra where he was awarded the national ‘Apprentice of the Year’. It was at the Lakeside International Hotel that Richard cooked for the Commonwealth Heads of Government including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, members of the royal family, the Prime Minister of Australia and diplomats. Moving to the Gold Coast in conjunction with the opening of Conrad Jupiters, Richard was the Executive Chef for two of the largest hotels on the Gold Coast – the Ramada and the Ocean Blue. Managing a team of 30 kitchen staff, Richard was responsible for serving 2500 guests for breakfast and 1500 for dinner over the Expo ’88 event. He formed a partnership with the Percuoco family after becoming the Executive Chef at Ristorante Grissini and later became a partner. Since then the acclaimed chef has won many coveted awards, including Signature Dish of the Year and has been regular international guest chef. One of Richard’s highlights was the ‘Five Chefs for Queensland’ event, where funds were raised for the Starlight Foundation. Richard formed Ristorante Fellini with the partners and is the Executive Chef of the Fellini kitchen which has cooked for an array of celebrities including the Sultan of Brunei, Freddy Prinze Jr, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Michelle Gellar and many more.

 

 

 

Anna

Cacace

Anna Cacace, sister of Carlo, has been one of the driving forces behind the success of the award-winning Ristorante Fellini. Anna began cooking at a very young age and started her apprenticeship with her father Mario Percuoco who continues to be her inspiration. Early in Anna’s career she discovered an underlying passion and skill in creating classic Italian sauces. She prides herself on traditional Italian cooking methods, which have resulted in an amazing journey within the industry for 31 years. Anna has won many awards for her sauces which can be tasted by dining at Ristorante Fellini or from Pastificio Fellini, the pasta making factory at Marina Mirage. Anna has four of her classic sauces bottled for sale at Pastificio Fellini and says that the restaurant business is her life.

 “It’s in my blood,” she says smiling.

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Raffaele

Di Benedetto

From the young age of 16 in the heart of Naples in Italy, Raffaele began his two-year apprenticeship at a classic pasta making factory. At 18, he immigrated to Australia where he continued his passion for pasta making in Hobart, Tasmania. Raffaele developed an extremely unique talent for making the finest fresh pasta using traditional Italian machines. An expert pasta maker, Rafaelle relocated to the Gold Coast where he met the Percuoco family and they collectively started Bocconcini in Surfers Paradise, then Grissini and Assaginie in Paradise Waters, supplying fresh pasta delicatessen style. But it was Ristorante Fellini where Raffaele started to make fresh pasta from a small machine in the kitchen and sold small amounts at customers’ request. Due to strong demand, the Fellini team imported large pasta making machines from Italy and opened Pastificio Fellini at Marina Mirage. In the first year alone Pastificio Fellini was awarded seven awards for their delicious pasta and sauces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Awards

2014

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

Queensland Good Food Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

Restaurant and Caterers Association Queensland (State winner Best Italian Restaurant)

2013

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

Queensland Good Food Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

2012

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

Queensland Good Food Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

2011

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

2010

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

2009

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

The Courier Mail QLD Food and Wine Guide (awarded 2 out of 3 Stars)

BrisbaneTimes.com.au Good Food Guide (awarded One Chef Hat)

2008

La Chaine Des Rotisseurs (Award of Excellence)

Brisbanetimes.com.au Good Food Guide 2009 (‘One Chef Hat’ Award)

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

Gold Coast Magazine – People’s Choice Restaurant Awards (Winner: Supreme Award)

Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide (‘Two chef hat’ Award)

2007

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (One Chef Hat Award)

2006

Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Finalist : Restaurant 50 – 100 Seats)

2005

Restaurant and Caterers Association Awards for Excellence (Finalist : Italian Restaurants)

Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner : 50 – 100 Seat Restaurant)

Gold Coast Magazine People’s Choice Awards (Winner : Specialty – Italian)

Restaurant and Caterers Association Wine List Awards (Winner : Supreme Wine List)

2004

Restaurant and Caterers Awards for Excellence (Finalist : Italian Restaurant)

Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner : Supreme Wine List)

Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner : Restaurant 50 – 100 seats)

Les Torques Blanches Fine Food Endorsement

2003

Restaurant & Catering Industry Award for Excellence (Winner : Italian Restaurant)

Restaurant & Catering QLD Gold Coast Restaurant Awards (Winner : Italian Restaurant)

Restaurant & Catering Association State Award (Finalist : Italian Restaurant

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (Very Highly Recommended – 3 Cups)

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (QLD State Winner)

2002

Restaurant & Catering Association State Awards (Finalist : Italian Restaurant)

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (Highly Recommended – 2 Cups)

Mietta’s Eating and Drinking in Australia (4 Stars – Excellent Food, Service and Surroundings)

Restaurant and Caterers Association QLD & Visa International Industry Awards (Winner : Italian Restaurant)

2001

American Express Restaurant Awards (Winner : Best Restaurant Gold Coast North)

Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner : Supreme Wine List)

Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner : Restaurants Under 100 Seats)

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (Highly Recommended – 2 Cups)

Gold Coast Sommelier of the Year Awards (Finalist : Carlo Percuoco)

Mietta’s Eating and Drinking in Australia (National Top 100 Awards – Excellent Food, Service and Surroundings)

2000

Restaurant and Catering QLD & Visa International Industry Awards (Finalist : Fine Dining Restaurant)

Gold Coast Magazine People’s Choice Restaurant Award (Winner : Excellence Award)

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (Highly Commended)

Department of Primary Industries and Queensland Tourism (Winner: Queensland Signature Dish of the Year)

American Express Gold Plate Restaurant Awards (Winner: Best Restaurant Gold Coast North)

Mietta’s Eating and Drinking in Australia Industry Awards (Winner: Best Restaurant Queensland outside Capital City)

Gold Coast Magazine People Choice Restaurant Awards (Winner: Excellence Award)

1999

La Chaine Des Rotisseurs (Award of Excellence)

Gold Coast Wine List Awards Negotiants Australia (Winner)

American Express Restaurant Awards (Finalist: Best Restaurant Gold Coast North)

Restaurant and Caters Association Gold Coast Restaurant Awards for Excellence (Winner: Specialty Restaurant)

Restaurant and Caters Association Queensland State Awards for Excellence (Winner: Specialty Restaurant)

Restaurant and Caters Association Australia Inaugural National Awards for excellence (Finalist: Specialty Restaurant Award)

Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner: Licensed Restaurant Under 100 seats)

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (Recommended)

Australian Culinary Federation – Salon Culinaire (Gold Medal : Table Décor Competition)

Tucker Seabrook National Wine List Award (1 Cup Award Recognition of Wine List)

1998

Gold Coast Magazine The Best of the Best Award (Winner: Supreme Award)

Gold Coast Restaurant and Café Guide – Gold Coast Wine List Awards (Winner: Licensed Restaurant Under 100 seats)

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards (Recommended )

Tucker Seabrook National Wine List Award (1 Cup Award Recognition of Wine List)

1997

Gold Coast Magazine The Best of the Best Award (Winner: Best Restaurant Award)

1996

Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast (Winner: Supreme Award)