Restaurant Guide

Tedesca Osteria: Restaurant review

Underlined by the laidback service and the single seating policy, Tedesca Osteria has a dinner at a friend's place vibe. With faultless attention to detail, it's a must.

REVIEW

GT 2022 Restaurant of the Year
GT 2022 Vic Restaurant of the Year
It starts at the front door, a hand-tooled thing of beauty that signals both attention to detail and a penchant for the singular and hand-crafted. It's evident inside too, particularly with the kitchen being in the dining room, with chef-owner Brigitte Hafner rolling pasta on the blackened timber bench against a backdrop of the brick hearth's flames licking at ducks, or pork, or vegetables. It has a dinner at a friend's place vibe, underlined by the laidback service and the single seating policy, so lunch stretches to leisurely hours that include a visit to the wine cellar or a stroll around the gardens. The menu's loose script is antipasto, pasta, fish, meat and dessert but how that manifests depends on what's being produced nearby. Perhaps local mussels, loosened on the grill and tossed through pasta, suckling lamb flavoured with herbs and wine, or a berry tart. It is all good, often sublime, including the wine from a geographically diverse list. A must.

ABOUT

Tedesca Osteria
1175 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Red Hill, Vic
tedesca.com.au
Chef Brigitte Hafner
Price guide $$$$
Bookings Essential
Wheelchair access Yes
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.