Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Foursome Of Foodie Heaven

From exquisite European-themed cuisine with absolute waterfront dining to a lively Mexican Cantina with authentic dishes and stunning sea views or a traditional Italian restaurant with sultry marina views, and a quaint home-made gelato and dessert bar – there is so much to choose from when you dine with the Panuccio family.

Taking the Airlie Beach food scene by storm, this dynamic hospitality family continue to introduce a range of dining experiences that add to the diversity of our local food offering.

Here is your guide to their four dining experiences in Airlie Beach:

Paradiso, 1/287 The Esplanade

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live music from Thursday to Sunday

Renowned for its absolute waterfront dining, Paradiso’s main restaurant is the perfect place for an intimate and romantic dinner, its lovingly created a la carte menu designed to delight and amaze.

For those looking for a handmade authentic pizza and a lively bar setting, simply head to the laid-back Pavilion side of the restaurant that lays adjacent. Here you can sit and sip exotic signature cocktails, watch live sport on TV, listen to live music and perhaps watch the kids enjoy the play park from a safe distance.

Lazy Joe’s Cantina, 6/1 The Esplanade

Open for lunch and dinner Thursday – Tuesday

The newest restaurant to join the group, Lazy Joe’s Cantina boasts an authentic Mexican street food menu with hints of South American influence. Taquitos, Nachos, Quesadillas, Enchiladas and Elotes are freshly made and can be washed down with Frozen Margaritas, spicy cocktails or Mexican beer which are all at your fingertips when you visit Lazy Joe’s.

With a vibrant family-friendly main restaurant and a lively bar-style area adjacent, the two distinct sections work well together to offer a quick and easy option from the bar or a sit and relax dining experience at the restaurant.

Themed with authentic Mexican memorabilia imported specifically for its colourful decor, Lazy Joe’s is a warm, fun, and affordable venue that is quickly becoming popular with locals and tourists alike.

La Marina, Port Of Airlie

Open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday

Built with family, food and love, La Marina is steeped with Italian hospitality and authentic flavours. Full of secret family recipes that are guarded with pride and have been passed down for more than four generations, every menu item is inspired by the Panuccio family’s homeland.

The lovingly made dishes include fresh homemade pasta, gnocchi, pizza, meatballs, lasagne, risotto, seafood, steaks and much more. All served alongside the stunning views of the Port of Airlie Marina surrounded by boats and harbour life.

Gelatiamo Dolce, 4 Airlie Esplanade

Open seven days a week from 10am till late

With authentic Italian pastries and unique homemade gelato flavours – where else would you go for a delicious dessert or sumptuous, sweet treat? Bringing a refined and elegant patisserie style offering to Airlie Beach, every item on the menu at Gelatiamo Dolce is made in-house.

Executive Chef, Deanna Pannucio, loves creating European style pastries, cakes, while Vanessa, another Panuccio family member, makes the delicious gelato flavours. The display window is full of colourful creations that can either be enjoyed at the outside café seating or wrapped with love and taken home to enjoy.

Specialising in celebration cakes, these traditional Italian-style recipes and presentations create the ‘wow factor’ for any event or occasion.

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