Best of Bella Venezia

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The trophy cabinet is full and so are the tummies and hearts of the patrons and people that make Bella Venezia Restaurant so famous. Carlie Wacker serves up the latest news from Mooloolaba’s iconic Italian restaurant.

Todd and Kristine Young are the owners behind the restaurant that continues to place the Sunshine Coast on the map as a world-class destination for lovers of amazing Italian cuisine and exclusive wines paired with exceptional service – Bella Venezia Restaurant + Bar, Mooloolaba.

Their cup runneth over with a plethora of global and Australian Wine List Awards, including the most recent win with Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards – the world’s only program focused exclusively on restaurant wine service – in which they took out the 2023 “Best of Award of Excellence” which recognised their extraordinary dedication to offering the best in wine from around the world.

“Bella Venezia Restaurant is proud to be honoured for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2023 Restaurant Awards,” said Todd Young, Wine Director at Bella Venezia.

“We are thrilled to be awarded such a prestigious internationally-recognised award and to know that Bella Venezia is the only Sunshine Coast restaurant to receive this award from the New York based Wine Spectator Magazine again this year. It acknowledges our dedication and investment we have placed into our extensive wine program and the award recognition is great for both Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast.”

The award-winning wine list is just one part of the Bella Venezia experience.

This palate-pleasing powerhouse has also been awarded multiple Restaurant and Catering Awards for excellence in Australia; including the 2022 and hot-off-the-press – 2023 – Award for Best Formal Italian Restaurant in South East Queensland and the 2023 AGFG Readers’ Choice Winner.

Bella Venezia Director Kristine Young said it was amazing to win the award for the second year in a row.

“To have that kind of consistency is really something to be proud of,” she said. “It is extra special as it is awarded from recognition by mystery judges with a full-on judging criteria!”

The food and service is clearly coveted by locals and tourists alike who also voted Bella Venezia the 2021 and 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Number 1 restaurant in Australia.

The inspiring team continue to innovate and create spectacular culinary moments in Mooloolaba and to this end, have just launched the Bella Venezia exclusive private dining experience.

“We refer to it as a symphony of privacy and exquisite Italian cuisine,” says Kristine.

Music to our ears and mouths!

“The private dining setting is so special and nestled behind a sparkling metallic curtain. It’s the perfect place for intimate gatherings and memorable celebrations” she says.

You can have up to 20 people in this exclusive dining room where they offer the regular menu or they can curate a menu with wine pairings especially for your occasion.

I think Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher of Wine Spectator put it perfectly when he wrote: “In a time of technological innovation, restaurants offer the human experience diners are hungry for— listening to their customers and offering personalized experience.”

Bella Venezia are the ultimate example of a venue that delivers what the people want and adapts to an everchanging and growing hospitality environment.

With all the award wins continuing to come, Bella Venezia is going to need a bigger trophy cabinet.

Bravo Bella Venezia!

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Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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