Friday, December 2, 2016

Down by the olive grove

While it's Christmas season for most of you, it's still birthday season for me and today I took Mr Rosanna out to Olivigna in Warrandyte to celebrate his birthday.  It's been there for a while now and a number of friends and family have visited.  It reminded me a little bit of Montalto at Red Hill or La Campagna/Sillitto at Cape Schanck, perhaps not quite in the same league but still with a lovely feel to it, great food and drink and beautiful hillside views onto the olive groves, vegetable garden and neighbouring paddocks full of horses!  There was a private event going on in the front area with beautiful young things all dressed up 1920s style and a car park full of European vehicles so I think it's definitely popular with well-heeled locals and retired types.
Mr R at the front of Olivigna
While the wineries in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula are beautiful, it's fantastic to have something like Olivigna so close by - I loved the vintage mint green vespa on display inside, the stylishly attired and professional looking staff as well as the copper piping which added to the industrial rustic feel inside.  Mr Rosanna took me back home via some of the more well worn bike paths that the more intrepid cyclists venture on here in the north east.  Banyule means 'hill' but neighbouring Nillumbik is just as hilly - no Beach Road here.
Main courses - tortolloni and ribiena pasta dishes
I'm hoping after this weekend, I will be able to start winding down for Christmas given the decorations that are now ready to be hung and Christmas events starting to happen around the place. The Twilight Market at the Ted Ajani Oval in Templestowe is on tomorrow night while my friend Helen Webster from Raffal is also holding her annual Christmas sale from 3 - 5 pm at the Uniting Church Hall at 19 Seddon Street in Ivanhoe, which will include scarves, stoles and jewellery.
Side view from outdoor terrace
On a more cultural note, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra is holding its Concert 4 'Marimba Fever' tomorrow at Ivanhoe Girls Performing Arts Centre while the Preston Symphony Orchestra is holding its December Concert on Sunday at the Preston Town Hall.  Enjoy your weekend!
Dining al fresco - Olivigna

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