OSTERIA RENATA OPENS IN PRAHRAN
Osteria Renata is a new neighbourhood Italian located on High St Prahran and is a much-anticipated sequel from the team behind South Melbourne’s Park Street Pasta & Wine (PSPW). Acting as a classic Italian ‘Osteria’ – a small place serving wine and simple food – the new restaurant operated by owners Restaurateur Alex Ghaddab and Head Chef Gus Cadden, also takes inspiration and its name from Ghaddab’s Polish-Ukrainian grandmother ‘Renata’.
“Osteria Renata is a balance between adventurous and classic dishes, with our pasta lab allowing Chef Gus to have some fun and challenge himself and his team with various menu additions. We want to be the neighbourhood Italian, not reinventing the wheel but sticking to what we are good at and paying respect to good quality, seasonal produce.” says Ghaddab
Highlights on the a la carte menu include Tuna tartare, lemon sorrel, beaurre bosc pear, green olive; Octopus spiedini, ‘nduja; Squid ink mezzemaniche, cuttlefish ‘umido’, bottarga and Tortelli, braised veal shank, bone marrow, tomato
Behind the bar is a classic and inventive range of signature Italian themed cocktails, Amaro digestives, alongside Italian and Australian craft beers, and new world and old world wine varietals from regions spanning across Italy, Australia, Spain and France. There will also be rotating wine taps with varietals from local winemakers.
The restaurant’s dedicated pasta lab will feature a ‘Sfogline’ meticulously extruding, rolling and folding, fresh artisan pasta for Osteria Renata and PSPW, and there are plans to introduce ‘fatto a mano’ pasta-making workshops in the dedicated space using the Botenne Fratelli PM 80 extruder later in the year.
Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, Osteria Renata is located at 436-438 High St Prahran, 3181
BABY PIZZA WINTER APERITIVO
With the chill well and truly setting in, Richmond’s favourite nieghbourhood Italian haunt, Baby Pizza is putting a twist on its daily Winter Aperitivo – a sure fire way to warm you up over the next few months. From now until the end of August, Baby is keeping spritz season alive for those of us not jetting off to the Amalfi Coast. Putting on a spread of drink specials to help us get through the blues, Winter Aperitivo is available daily from 3pm to 5pm – meaning you can sip your way through the cooler months and it’ll be Summer again before you know it.
To get you in the mood, think $6.50 Aperol Spritzes, Peroni Reds and Stefani Estate Shiraz, plus a couple of speciality cocktails like a raspberry and white chocolate negroni with gin, raspberry infused Campari, white chocolate and Vermouth; and a Sicilian sour made using gin, Limoncello, lemon, thyme and whites, for just $8.80 each.
Indulge in a spritz (or two) while digging into all your Baby favourites, including exclusive Winter Aperitivo bar snacks of antipasto, Baby’s famous fritto di polenta served with tomato salsa and garlic aioli, or their iconic, arancini bolognese. Of course, the full line-up of Baby favourites will also available to enjoy, including their range of pizzas, homemade pastas and delicious Italian desserts.
Bookings recommended; walk-ins available. For more information, visit www.babypizza.com.au
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