Tony and Tanya Heading have brought back a little bit of Italy to Rainbow Beach. In the courtyard behind the pub, you’ll find a well loved eatery with a great atmosphere, called Arcobaleno on the Beach.
“All of the locals that come in, say they have been waiting for Arco’s to reopen. They like it because it’s out of the main strip,” Tony explains.
This little BYO restaurant/cafe has many reasons it is so popular. It’s laidback alfresco style with the cool original murals and booths, is set in Rainbow’s very own piazza.
Tony and Tanya with daughters Sam, Shona and son Kingsley opened the business mid January.
“Our chef Luca, trained in Italy has created a beautiful pasta and main menu with regular specials. The seafood platter is particularly popular with prawns and scallops sourced locally from Tin Can Bay. Dan is on our woodfired oven, whipping up a variety of traditional Italian pizza’s and much loved Aussie favourites. The seafood platter is really popular, with prawns and scallops from Tin Can Bay.”
“We try to use local, chemical free produce – like Scotty’s ham, not shop bought. We also source tomatoes and herbs locally and from our markets.”
The Arcos team make their own pizza bases, with an organic flour, as well as offering gluten free pizzas and bases. They use single origin, chemical free coffee from near the D’Aguilar Highway.
Arco’s is proud of its family friendly vibe – offering a great kids menu, low sugar milk shakes and access to toys and colouring in. Kids are welcomed to watch the whole pizza making process.
Tony and Tanya plan to “see where it takes us” and wanted to thank everyone for all their support. Open from 9am until close, it is worth the visit.