Ph: 5988 5350.
Up a long and winding dirt road, far from the madding crowds of Portsea and Sorrento, you'll find this little gem tucked away. The owner Ted Ori has been cooking with wood-fired ovens since he was a child, and is a master of this artisanal sic form of cooking. The restaurant is open 10-5 weekends, but Ted doesn't serve anything but cake and coffee much before 12ish. He does, however, sell his crusty, chewy hand made loaves of bread.
The L'Osteria is located underneath the family residence, which is a little disconcerting, but the views over Port Phillip and Westernport make up for the odd sensation of walking into someone's garage.
Rustic charm but this wasn't it either!
You shouldn't be expecting The Grand Dining Room ambiance after all!!
Presentation was so-so, duchess-style potatoes, green beans, but again I mention... you've driven up a dirt road, past a hand-painted sign to eat Tuscan food, cooked in a wood oven. If you're looking for El Buli, this aint it.. but it never professes to be. The staff know their stuff. They were all very in-the-know about the wine list and were well acquainted with all the dishes on the menu. (and accommodating of any changes that patrons were asking for) All in all, one tasting platter, one main, one dessert, four glasses of wine, a loaf of bread to go and a punnet of olives came to $89. It's peasant, it's rustic. The olive oil is sublime, the smell as you drive up the pathway is enticing. The bruschetta is AMAZING.The bread is SENSATIONAL. Wine is available by the glass, the staff are helpful.The menu is limited (3 entrees, 3 mains, 3 desserts) but changes weekly, I was told. Vegetarian options were available.
Contributed by A Goddess in the Kitchen