‘Opera’ caters for coffee lovers
We like to think Noosa can claim to having the one and only of something...who doesn't?
In this case it is a coffee machine so technologically savvy it requires fanfare to introduce it.
This beauty is the one and only of its majestic kind in Queensland.
Ipazzi Italian Restaurant is home of the coffee machine ambitiously called The Opera, the brainchild of 11 baristas and engineers who joined forces to create a coffee-making dream-machine.
Using state-of-the-art technology the machine comes with five insulated boilers, one dedicated to each group head, and uses high-grade stainless steel to ensure optimum heat retention.
Instead of operating on a set nine-bar pressure system, The Opera features a voltage regulation gear pump to regulate the passage of water according to the flow of espresso or extraction.
Yes, we know this is all tech speak but the message is clear: The Opera is the Rolls Royce of coffee makers and you are guaranteed a world-class coffee with each hiss of the machine.
To celebrate its arrival, Ipazzi is now open for breakfast and lunch as well as dinner.
"There has been a lot of demand for it," Ipazzi owners Ruby and Fabio Nocera said.
"People have been asking for a long time and it has always been our goal," Ruby said.
"Now we have more staff we are very excited to open the restaurant longer."
Breakfast will be simple but stylish, mostly Italian with sweet offerings (to dip into that exquisite coffee) but also with treats such as Sicilian eggs baked in a tomato sauce and authentic Sicilian sausage and frittata.
Ipazzi opened almost five years ago and since then has attracted a loyal local following by sticking strictly to the principal of using only the best produce and as much of it as possible certified organic.
"Our main point of difference is that 99 per cent of our produce is certified organic," Ruby said.
"We do it because we think it is better and we believe in it. Even if it costs us three or four times more we don't care.
"Once you go into this philosophy you can't go back.
"The coffee we use is 100% certified organic and fair trade. The milk as well.
"Even our cups are biodegradable."
Lunch offerings at Ipazzi will focus on panini with fillings including grilled vegetables, organic salami and ham, free range eggs. A range of gourmet salads will complement the panini.
"We will have croissants and a cake of the day, keeping it simple but with a no compromise," Ruby said.
"We make simple food but it has to be tasty and good quality."
Since opening Ipazzi has continued to grow, expanding from the original site into premises next door, providing space for more loyal customers.
It is now set to expand even further, spreading into vacant premises alongside the current site.
The owners have also applied for a liquor licence but Ruby promised the venue will retain BYO.
"We will have biodynamic and organic wines and we will have wine on tap from wooden barrels," she said.
"It is good wine. Every glass will be exactly the same quality until the last drop of the barrel."
Good times ahead for us all at Ipazzi Restaurant.
28-30 Sunshine Beach Rd,
Open seven nights for dinner, Tuesday to Saturday all day
BYO. Fast takeaway