Is it just us or has Burleigh Heads become “Little Sydney”? With breaking news that yet another super talented chef from down south is setting up shop in the popular suburb, we’re going to say yes. Our latest recruit to the Gold Coast foodie scene is Chef Andrea Riva who is set to open the doors to restaurant Osteria Del Mare in just two short weeks and we’re positively buzzing!
Andrea was most recently head chef and owner of much-loved Northern Italian restaurant Osteria Riva in Sydney’s Bondi Junction. The team behind this charming eatery was passionate about farm to table produce and specialised in pasta—think delicately thin cappelletti filled with cheese and covered in a rich ragu. Selling the restaurant late last year, Andrea decided to relocate to our neck of the woods with his wife and two young children. Because seriously? Who wouldn’t want a slice of GC life?
Located just a stone’s throw from Burleigh fave Jimmy Wahs, the Italian eatery will be in good company. Hailing from Emilia Romagna—the Italian region known for producing culinary delights such as parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto di Parma—Andrea is keen to share his foodie roots with the Coast. And we are more than happy to receive.
Osteria Del Mare will offer up fresh pasta daily plus moreish pizza, 100% homemade, naturally risen for 48 hours and cooked straight from the stone. While most of the ingredients will be imported direct from Italy, Andrea will also source meat and fish locally. With the ethos that everything will be made from scratch, Andrea, who has 20 years’ experience behind him, is hoping his signature charcoal seafood lasagna is a winner with diners. Yeah, we have a good feeling about that one, our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Even better news? They’ll be doing brunch people! Italian food + our fave meal of the day, we’re in foodie heaven right now. During the cooler months, Osteria Del Mare will be closed on Mondays, but will be open seven days during summer. The fit out, while still being completed, is embracing its beachy location with a white, blue and wood colour scheme. The vibe is a casual seaside eatery that is the perfect spot to fill your belly on a lazy Sunday. Or let’s be honest here, any day of the week.
We’ll be back with your first tasty look inside in the next few weeks.
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