Barossa Cucina will serve traditional Italian-style food, featuring the best local ingredients, in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Adam Swanson owns Mediterranean restaurant Zucca at Holdfast Shores in Glenelg and is executive chef at Italian restaurant Lot 1 in Sydney. His television series, Adam’s Pasta Pilgrimage, has aired nationally on the Seven Network and he is a regular on TV cooking shows Ready, Steady Cook, Everyday Gourmet, Good Chef Bad Chef and Out of the Blue.
Adam said he was excited about bringing his authentic, Italian style of cooking to Australia’s most famous wine region.
“The opportunity to work with 1834 Hotels on this project in the Barossa was too good to refuse,” Adam said. “I’ve been spending the past few weeks getting out and talking to local producers, such as Schultz and the Barossa Valley Cheese Co., and am looking forward to working with their produce in the kitchen.
“We want to create an authentic Italian atmosphere where people feel comfortable and relaxed, where they can bring their family and friends, and enjoy traditional Italian food featuring local ingredients.
“When you visit an Italian home the first thing you are asked is ‘would you like something to eat’, and I want to create that same welcoming atmosphere at Barossa Cucina.”
Barossa Cucina will feature an open kitchen, complete with charcoal grill pit and wood-oven pizza, and will cater for approximately 220 guests, including 60 in an alfresco beer garden. The menu is currently in development but will feature Adam’s take on traditional Italian favourites, including antipasti, pasta, wood-oven pizza and grilled, Tuscan-style meats.
1834 Hotels took over management of the Barossa Weintal earlier this year and have spent the past six months refurbishing the public areas, ready for a planned reopening in mid-October. 1834 general manager Leigh Kentwell said the redevelopment of the reception, bar and dining areas, and opening of Barossa Cucina, signalled stage one of the project.
“Barossa Cucina will welcome both locals and visitors to the region,” Mr Kentwell said. “We will be installing an extensive wine cellar and are looking forward to working with local wineries to showcase their wines in both the bar and the restaurant.”
Stay tuned with all the happening via the Barossa Cucina Facebook page. They’re 235 Murray Street
5352 Tanunda, South Australia