Mr D and I haven’t been out and about for a while so we decided to cash in one of his mate’s good food voucher at Olivigna since Miss Teeth has rated this place quite highly. We made a booking for a Saturday night and it was quite full when we arrived. A lot of parking, beautiful atmosphere and I bet a spectacular looking vineyard if we were to come in the daytime. Anywho, once we arrived, we were shown to our seat and I flicked through the menu quite quickly since I was super duper hungry! We were given the house bread and olive oil (grown from their olive grove) which was awesomely amazing!
Bread and Olive Oil from the Olive Grove
For starters we got the zucchine a strati which consists of zucchini layers with parmesan, olives and ricotta. This was amazeballs. If you come here for one dish only, make sure it’s this one because the flavours danced in mouth and I did not want to share with Mr D at all.
Zucchine a strati – $17
Layers of zucchini, olive and salted ricotta topped with a parmesan cannoli, dressed with a mushroom & leek sauce
I am always pro-pizza so I decided to get something out of my comfort zone, the pannunzo which is a folded piza with basically so much cheese and cream topped with proscuitto. This did not disappoint ladies and gentlemen. The dough was amazing, so fluffy and crispy, the toppings were fresh and everything blended well together. Word of warning though, this is ginormous and I struggled to finish it despite it’s awesomeness flavour.
Pannunzo – $24
A distinctly southern Italian pizza where the edges are folded over so they become light & airy layered with béchamel, smoked scamorza, Parma prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, rocket, parmesan and a balsamic vinegar reduction
Mr D got the eye fillet with seasonal beans and horseradish cream. The eye fillet was cooked to perfection – medium rare and the knife just sliced through it like butter. The herb oil and horseradish cream was a touch on the salty side but other then that, it was pretty delish.
Filetto Di Manzo – $44
Eye fillet of grain-fed Platinum Angus beef with slowly cooked rib of beef with seasonal beans, roasted shallots, baby kale, herb oil and horseradish cream
Dessert time came around and I kept seeing Anna’s limoncello so I thought to myself “why not?”. I got one for myself and limoncello is a digestive and usually drank post-dinner. It’s an italian liqueur with a lemon flavour. Now, this will smack you in the face really hard because the lemon flavour was very subtle but the alcohol flavour, was all up in my face. I did feel less bloated after having this and felt my tummy did settle so it did it’s job.
Anna’s Limoncello – $8.50
Mr D got the affogato since he is a caffeine addict that needed his sugar hit. You can’t really go wrong with this unless you mess up in the espresso area. Mr D enjoyed his dessert but his favourite part was the housemade chocolate almond biscotti. He absolutely SMASHED it.
Affogato – $8.50
Artisan fior di latte gelato with a shot of espresso coffee and a housemade chocolate almond biscotti
Olivigna is a beautiful place with amazing scenery (if you come in the daytime) with beautiful food to match. If you’re ever in the leafy eastern suburbs, make sure you drop by this vineyard to check out the food. Don’t forget to order the layered zucchini!