Vasarelli Cellar Door & Restaurant
Pasta - do we need to say more? Well actually, there is a lot more to say about Vasarelli. Other than the Barossa or the Adelaide Hills, the history of McLaren Vale is truly Italian and the Vasarelli family is a core example of that.
Wed - Sun | 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Wed - Sat | 5.00pm - 9.00pm
$26 - $37 (mains)
Friday Pasta Nights: $25 for pasta & glass of wine
Bookings (08) 8323 7980
The family owned and operated cellar door and restaurant is right in the heart of the McLaren Vale township; the historic building, surrounded by a large garden right off main street, has been extensively renovated in 2009 to suit its new purpose but maintains the old character.
We love that the restaurant is spread across multiple smaller rooms - keeps the family atmosphere and does indeed feel like being at nonna's for a serve of delicious home cooked pasta. Or during the warmer months, sit outside under the wide wrap-around verandah or in the garden and watch the goings on McLaren Vale's main street.
And this being a truly Italian restaurant it is obviously not just about pasta, although nobody will question if you just have the pasta as your main and not as the traditional primi patti.
Pasta ranges from pappardelle, tagllierini, linguine and more - all coming in delicious variations. The slow cooked beef cheek, wild mushroom, rosemary, tomato & shiraz ragu or the pappardelle with duck are both as good as it gets when looking for some feel good comfort food.
And add a tasting of the Vasarelli wines from McLaren Vale or Currency Creek and you have a sample of the best the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer.
On the odd chance that you are, for whatever inexplicable reason, not into pasta (there is a gluten free option for all), there is always the range of antipasto platters and the 'true' main courses or secondi patti. The options range across fish, chicken and beef - all in a home cooked Italian style.
Service is very attentive and welcoming, more likely then not from someone of the extended family and you will be well-looked after.
The wine list is not limited to their own wines but offers a good selection of other McLaren Vale wines, plus a few imported Italians - but then again, why would you not stay with the family?
In short – lovely restored building right in the heart of McLaren Vale, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and seriously good Italian food - that's all we need for an everyday lunch or dinner.
At Karawatha Cottages you can choose from three luxurious cottages - each individually furnished and fully equipped - ideal for a short-break or weekend getaway in McLaren Vale - or a longer stay to explore all the food & wine, our beaches and the Fleurieu Peninsula
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There is no better place to book your McLaren Vale accommodation than direct with us - better rates, later check-out, a complimentary set of wine pourer and the opportunity to organise extras (from cheese platters and bubbles to bespoke experiences) already today.