The highly celebrated restaurateurs behind Social Eating House and Bar are set to open another restaurant at Oracle Broadbeach later this year.
Matthew Jefferson, together with his wife Dayna, will be bringing sophisticated coastal Italian cuisine to the Gold Coast with the launch of Orzo.
Expected to open its doors in late November, Orzo will offer a modern Italian menu that focuses on sustainable and local produce, for lunch, dinner and everything in between.
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Classic recipes featuring by housemade pasta will salute southern Italy, with authentic dishes such as Cacio e Pepe – pasta, parmesan and freshly cracked black pepper – gracing the menu.
Diners can also expect house-cured meats, fresh seafood, beautiful cheeses, traditional Italian wines, cocktails and, of course, the classic spritz.
Orzo’s interior design aims to evoke a feeling of relaxed comfort, with indoor and outdoor alfresco dining experiences, bright and airy spaces, and an abundance of warm tones and textured finishes.
On announcing their latest venture, Matthew and Dayna said they’ve experienced an influx of customers yearning to taste quality Italian cuisine at Social Eating House.
“Italian food is often misinterpreted on the Gold Coast. We saw an opportunity in the market and have been manifesting the concept for some time,” they said.
“Our service will be personable and knowledgeable. We want our customers to feel like they can relax and have a good time as if they were dining somewhere in Southern Italy.”
The name Orzo, which translates to ‘barley’ in Italian, stood out to the couple as the word features two ohs, and ‘Double Zero’ is a specifically milled flour that is used for pasta making.
On choosing the perfect location for Orzo, the couple said they were originally going to head south, but none of the sites they inspected were the right fit.
“We had a bit of an epiphany and thought why would we head south? Broadbeach, and especially Oracle Boulevard, has it all,” they said.
“We have some of the best hotels, beautiful parks and beaches, while the Gold Coast Convention Centre in close proximity brings in a lot of quality interstate trade.
“There’s a great balance of dining options in Oracle Boulevard too. We all feed off each other and there is a real sense of community. The Oracle is close to our heart having worked in the precinct for over seven years.”