Port Elliot, down the southern edge of the Fleurieu, has become something of a mecca for baked goods. We’ve expressed many times before our unabashed lust for the incomparable baked delights of Port Elliot Bakery, and it looks like there’s a new baking venture that we’re going to fall in love with as well.
Mamma Lisa’s Woodoven is a thoroughly traditional operation, baking a range of Italian wood-oven fired goods for the weekend. They also have an adorably small dining space where they offer the lucky few to get in on the two days they’re open a range of home-style pastas and pizzas sure to warm your heart while they fill your stomach.
Forget your metropolitan bakeries with their ranks of steel ovens that produce countless identical baked items with little attention or care, Mamma Lisa’s use their single wood-fired oven to produce a small, but lovingly crafted, weekly batch of breads for sale in their Port Elliot shopfront. Take a look at this image of Giuseppi tending the oven and tell us that you can’t smell that bread through your screen!
But the real star of a family operation like Mamma Lisa’s is the welcoming and warm atmosphere that floods over anyone dropping in. Mamma Lisa herself seems like the quintessential Italian ‘Nonna’ as she works with the traditional durum flour dough.
Just try and tell us this lady wouldn’t kiss your cheeks when you come in, insist colourfully that you’re far too thin, and then plonk a mammoth plate of steaming pasta and gargantuan hunk of freshly baked bread in front of you.
Then stand there to make sure you’re eating absolutely everything, all the while grilling you on your marital status and plans for children.