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Tedesca Osteria: Restaurant review

Tedesca makes an art form of the decision-free zone.


Tedesca makes an art form of the decision-free zone. Even Type A personalities will crumble at owner-chef Brigitte Hafner's vision, worthy of its own farmhouse edition of Country Style. The handwritten menu details the day's lazy set lunch, taking cues from the blazing hearth and opulent displays of estate-grown biodynamic produce as well as the handiwork of local artisans. What ensues are freeform, European-accented riffs on seasonality, flavoured by the kiss of flames and the scent of smoke. Scene-setting snacks might include velvety swatches of jamón with persimmon and honey before a soul-soothing pasta course – cheese tortellini, perhaps, with radicchio, candied green figs and hazelnuts. There's more, of course, including the kind of baked fruit desserts German grandmothers are famous for. Even the wine list – a mix of regional benchmarks and Old World pearlers – makes choices easy thanks to the help of the crack service team. Relaxed regional dining at its very finest.


Tedesca Osteria
1175 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Red Hill
Chef Brigitte Hafner
Price guide $$$
Bookings Essential
Wheelchair access Yes
Open Lunch Fri-Mon
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