Tra­di­tional Ital­ian at new­est restau­rant

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIZ WEBB

OVER sum­mer bets were on as to whether the new YHA build­ing (Buller Cen­tral) would be fin­ished in time for win­ter 2013.

I have to say the build­ing ex­ceeds my ex­pec­ta­tions and the two eat­ing venues, Oli’s Kitchen and the Pow­der Bar are cer­tainly worth vis­it­ing.

New man­ager Stewart Hogg ex­plained that this sea­son, YHA is pacing it­self.

“We want to get it right, so our menus are lim­ited but our food is re­ally de­li­cious and we have young, friendly funlov­ing staff,” he said.

The warm and invit­ing, ground level Pow­der Bar is open to the pub­lic and of­fers a small but very tempt­ing menu in­clud­ing pizza, fo­cac­cia, cof­fee and cakes.

Up­stairs, Oli’s sta­teof-the-art, com­mer­cial kitchen, serves YHA in­house guests tasty, whole­some and au­then­tic Ital­ian home cook­ing.

Visi­tors can book for din­ner on Fri­day and Satur­day nights, but judg­ing by com­ments about the great food, reser­va­tions may be dif­fi­cult.

Chef Mat­tia is an Ital­ian from Canazei, a ski re­sort in the Dolomites.

Last sea­son he worked at Snow Pony and this year has moved to Oli’s Kitchen.

His as­sis­tant Monica is from Abruzzo in cen­tral Italy and both love cook­ing Ital­ian spe­cial­ties for moun­tain visi­tors.

This year the menu is sim­ple but ap­petis­ing with Zuppa (soup) of the day, An­tipasto selec­tions and five pizza selec­tions.

The pasta se­lec­tion em­pha­sises won­der­ful fresh in­gre­di­ents with the Gen­ovese a real win­ner – basil, pars­ley, olive oil, nuts and pinenuts.

Monica’s fa­vorite though, is pasta alla bolog­nese and Mat­tia just loves his spicy salami pizza with fresh tomato and cheese.

Both Mat­tia and Monica love trav­el­ling in Aus­tralia.

They ex­plored Western Aus­tralia last sum­mer and plan to visit cen­tral and east­ern Aus­tralia this sum­mer be­fore re­turn­ing to Mt Buller for the 2014 snow sea­son.

Oli’s Kitchen does open to the pub­lic on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings, if they have space.

The din­ing area seats ap­prox­i­mately 60 and the YHA it­self has 80 beds, so if you’re lucky, you may be able to re­serve a spot to en­joy a gen­uine Ital­ian din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Call 57776181 to try for a reser­va­tion.

SERV­ING UP TREATS: Mat­tia and Monica are in the kitchen at Oli’s - first floor of Buller Cen­tral serv­ing ge­ni­une Ital­ian food fare.

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