La Rustica Italian & Turkish Restaurant and Pizzeria - Surfers Paradise - Gold  Coast
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Authentic Italian and Turkisht Restaurant - Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast
La Rustica Past

La Rustica was founded when two Italian sisters, Anna and Esterina, and their husbands migrated to Australia in the late 1960's and quickly established themselves on the Gold Coast after a short stint in Melbourne. Not being able to find a "decent pizza", Anna and Nicola Lapenna decided to open their own restaurant in Surfers Paradise North, "La Rustica", while Esterina and Marcello Prosperi opened their's on the south side of Surfers Paradise, "Via Venato".

After several years of running their successful restaurants, the couples respectively sold their businesses. Anna and Nicola went on to purchase another restaurant, "Bellissimo" in Broadbeach which they owned and ran until retirement in 2006. Esterina and Marcello also bought another restaurant, "Leaning Tower" on Tedder Ave, Main Beach. This is where Barbara and Stefano got their passion for the restaurant business. Unfortunately, due to poor health, Esterina and Marcello retired and sold the business.
Barbara and Stefano went on to work for their aunty Anna at Bellissimo and remained there for seven years until the Lapenna's retirement.
Desperate to have her own restaurant and continue in the hospitality industry with her gained experience and passion, Barbara, along with her partner Sam and brother Stefano, grabbed an opportunity too hard to resist, the purchase of the original family restaurant, La Rustica.
La Rustica Today
La Rustica Italian Restaurant still has it's original, rustic character and sirenic charm, and is still serving some of the best pizzas and Italian cuisine on the coast, but with an added culinary delight thanks to Barbara's Turkish partner, Sam. You will find Turkish cuisine scattered throughout the menu and the locals are loving it, being able to choose from their Italian favourites or try something new and exotic. The Authentic Turkish Delight as an after dinner treat is always enjoyed after the generous and delicious culinary experience you will undoubtedly have at this welcoming and friendly family run restaurant.
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Sam is in charge of our World Famous Pizzas - Dine In or Take Away La Rustica Italian and Turkish Restaurant still has it's original charm and character. Sometimes Italian humor can only be appreciated by an Italian Alfresco seating infront of La Rustica Italian and Turkish Restaurant and Pizzeria The welcoming sign still in it's original spot after 25 years Garlic Prawn Pizza is always a favourite You can't beat a Spaghetti Marinara with fresh, plump, local seafood in a fresh Napoli and white wine sauce... Delicious!!!! Rib Eye Fillet cooked to perfection with wild mushoom sauce and vegetables is more than enough to satisfy anyones hunger... mouthwatering!!! Still in it's original condition with floor tiles that were hand laid by the original owner, Nicola Lapenna.