Mitolo's Little Wolf
Fri - Mon | 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Sat | 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Osteria Shared Plates | Italian
$27 - $36 (larger plates) | $90 ('Feed Me' chef's selection)
Bookings (08) 8323 9304 or online through The Fork
To build with shipping containers seems to be the latest hype, but the charcoal colours of the steel combined with lots of dark timber and glass walls do nicely blend into the environment of the surrounding vineyards and old gum trees; it is a quite a picturesque and beautiful approach to the Mitolo Wines cellar door and restaurant.
The restaurant is attached to the cellar door and we definitely recommend to have a tasting first – Mitolo produces some truly amazing wines, from the ‘entry level’ Jester series to the Small Batch and Single Vineyard series. We for example settled on the Jester Sangiovese Rose rather than the Small Batch range Mitolo Grenache Rose after our tasting: the Sangiovese Rose, fresh and crisp with a long dry finish, was just the perfect match for the hot summers day food we chose.
Not for a summers lunch – but you have to try the Angela Shiraz – absolutely stunning.
A little bonus … tasting is free if you have lunch at the restaurant.
The restaurant attached to the cellar door, wouldn’t have been amiss in inner Sydney or Melbourne; stylish, ultra-modern – but when we had visited it was rather crowded, noisy and didn't quite work for us. At least not if you had been expecting a true wine country dining experience.
But, that may have all changed - as of 1st of November 2019 the Bocca di Lupo fining dining restaurant has been reborn as Little Wolf, with an osteria style truly Italian menu.
Traditionally an osteria in Italy is a wine bar serving wine and simple, hearty Italian fare, usually only limited choices and with plates meant for sharing.
The new menu certainly meets part of that definition, with smaller and larger plates on offer. Think gnochetti, pizza, arrosticini ... all the way to cotoletta milanese. Looks all very Italian, sounds delicious and on a plus side, other than for a traditional osteria there don't seem to be a limitation on choices.
And knowing Mitolo, I don't expect those dishes to be simple Italian home cooked food (for this, pay a visit to Vigna Bottin) but quite a celebration of food - so technically more a ristorante, but that's probably semantics now.
We shall update this (also with new images) as soon as we had a chance to call into Mitolo's Little Wolf and enjoy their new menu.