Ristorante Fellini has been around for 21 years and is owned and operated by three partners, Carlo Percuoco, head chef Richard Burt and pasta maker 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.
Together the partner’s modern take on traditional Italian cuisine handed down through the generations has won Ristorante Fellini more than 100 industry accolades since its inception.
Carlo Percuoco was born in Naples and developed his culinary skills after growing up in the family business, Sydney’s famous Pulcinella restaurant. 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.
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’. During his career Richard has 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, the Sultan of Brunei, Freddy Prinze Jr, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Pink and many more. Moving to the Gold Coast, Richard was the Executive Chef for two of the largest hotels on the Gold Coast – the Ramada and the Ocean Blue. Richard 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.
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. 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.