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Published February 26th 2013
Sure, there's the Esplanade in Mooloolaba. Seafood down on Parkyn Parade. Cotton Tree's riverside dining.
But when you want a budget meal off the beaten track, head on down to the unlikely destination of Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore.
Behind the counter at Lucky's Pizza & Pasta, you'll find the eponymous Lucky, a Melbourne native and true-blue Italian by descent, tossing dough old-school style.
Lucky's is unabashedly down to earth. Grab one of the plastic tables and chairs curbside for some al fresco dining under the stars [or the neon from neighboring businesses' signage].
There's something for everyone on the lengthy menu, from seafood to meat lovers and meat - or come up with your own combo, as Lucky is pretty flexible.
Just expect his opinions to flow as freely as the tomato paste: for example, he's not a fan of BBQ sauce on pizza, and will tell you so. This just makes Lucky even more endearing.
Insider tip: try the spaghetti pizza. No, really. It's not just for four-year-olds, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well it holds together on the crust. Then, you'll become addicted and crave it during the week. It's that good.
Go for the family-size pizza. You'll probably finish it [feeds 3-4], but if not, even better - Lucky's leftovers make a great lunch the next day.
As for the pasta - who knows? We've never ordered it, since we can't get past how good the pizza is.
Be sure and save room for an apres-pizza cappuccino, made by Robin, Lucky's counterpart. Get it to go, and savour it on the way home, to extend your Lucky's experience.