Osteria Coogee, Grand Opening, Wednesday 15th of May.
His new venture will be led by General Manager Carolina Angelucci (Toko, Riley St Garage), Porteous’ partner of 8 years and Head Chef Stefano Gagliardi, who has worked in kitchens throughout Europe and in Australia.
“The concept is inspired by the many trips my partner Carolina and I have taken over the years to Italy to visit her family,” Porteous said.
“Family gatherings are frequent and are often centered around food and the extended networks of family. We want to bring that eating culture to Coogee through Osteria. Italians are incredibly passionate about food, I trust Stefano and Carolina deliver an experience that is true to their Italian roots."
Angelucci and Gagliardi met as childhood friends in Francavilla al Mare, a coastal town in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
“Stefano and I have the same goal: we want to extend our Italian sense of family and connection to all who dine with us,” Angelucci said.
“This starts with how a customer is welcomed to Osteria and continues through to that last mouthful of Dessert.”
Chef Stefano Gagliardi has worked in restaurants in London, France and Spain and is inspired by a passion for food inherited by his grandfather Rocco.
Drawing upon their shared passion for fresh Italian food and wine, Osteria Coogee pays homage to Italy, breaking away from the common misconception of what Italian food is.
Gagliardi has created a unique menu that celebrates the best of Italian cuisine, brought to life with the freshest Australian produce.
“Our mission is to bring a piece of Italy to the heart of Coogee, using quality Australian produce and adding complexity through textures, technique and taste that transports the diners back to Italy,” he said “I want to show Coogee what real Italian food is”.
The menu, which is designed to be shared, plays off Italian classics with a modern Australian approach. From a Whipped Bottarga Crostini, and the Kingfish Crudo with lemon, parsley and black garlic to the Butterflied Spatchcock with Caponata.
“And of course, our Tiramisu which is an old family recipe,” Gagliardi said.
Osteria Coogee is located just a few steps from the beach and opens on Wednesday, May 15.
Get a taste of what Coogee’s newest spot has to offer by joining us for Aperitivo Hour, 5 to 7pm Wednesday to Sunday.
For more information and restaurant enquiries, please visit: www.osteriacoogee.com
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