Adjacent to the cellar door of Badger Creek winery at 874 Maroondah Hwy Coldstream, only a few K's from Healesville this restaurant serves breakfast and a la carte lunch Wednesday to Sunday and set menu dinner Friday and Saturday.
Chef and part owner Gary Cooper and his business partner Tim Sawyer were both working for this Sunday lunch. Despite the name and the restored Vespa in the entrance the place is not very Italian. The food is farmhouse with aspirations. The wine list modest featuring some local and some more distant Australian wines.
There is an excellent bakehouse associated with the restaurant and they also run a cooking school.
The large hand written menu with 3 appetizers and 7 main courses to choose from looked appealing.
A Navarine of lamb is supposedly a French stew with onions, turnips, potato and herbs. In this case the offering, cooked in a bag to retain the juices,
Price: Prices have risen 50% in the last two years and there is a 1.5% surcharge for credit cards so this is now quite expensive
Comments: The waiters, all wearing black vests, were very busy so anything different involved considerable delay. There was a very rough olive oil on the table with quite a bitter finish. For example butter or a glass of lemonade took at least 10 to 15 minutes to arrive. Still they were trying hard and good humoured under trying circumstances. The restaurant features an open kitchen