It’s no secret that there can never be enough Italian food in ones’ life. Pizza, pasta, Aperol Spritz’, give us every thing on every day. It’s lucky then, that Osteria del Mare opened in Burleigh just a few short days ago bringing authentic Italian food to your grateful mouth.
And what food it is. Owner and Chef Andrea Riva was living the good life alternating between working in Italy and Australia for years before settling down in Bondi and opening Osteria Riva in 2009. After visiting Burleigh recently, he and his wife decided on a sea change and let’s all thank the Italian food Gods for that.
Osteria del Mare, meaning hospitality by the sea, can be found in the space where Euro Grill once was and its’ bright, laidback vibe will transport you straight to a European summer of sunshine and cocktails by the sea (not literally unfortunately).
A vibrant watercolour mural adorns one wall while the other is set with high wooden tables and pendant lights reminiscent of fishbowls and thus, the scene is set.
Originally from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, where apparently all the best Italian food originates, Andrea says his is an authentic, old school style of cooking and we are 100% okay with that. Most of the produce is imported from Italy and all of it is absolutely delicious.
Pizzas take up the majority of the menu and they’re all handmade, naturally risen for 48 hours and cooked on stone. Guys, they’re so good.
The Piggy (haha) is tomato, mozzarella, sausage, ham and bacon and so very tasty. The Patate e Salsiccia is made with mozzarella. desiree potatoes, Italian sausage and rosemary and is, quite frankly, one of the best pizzas we’ve ever devoured.
Pasta-wise, the Spaghetti ai Gamberi is made with the freshest local prawns, garlic and chilli in a light tomato sauce and oh my, taste sensation.
The Lasagne del Mare is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, made with activated charcoal and all of the seafood inside.
Oh and entrees, probably should have started with those. Anyway, the Fritto misto pesce is a dish typically eaten during the Italian summer after a day on the beach and paired with an aperitif. How good is Italy. It’s lightly fried calamari, prawns and zucchini with lime mayo in a cone and don’t share it, it’s way too good for that.
The dinner menu is filled with meat, fish and vegetable dishes and you might never want to leave to be honest.
Dining at Osteria del Mare is exactly what you’d expect from an eatery in the heart of Italy, except all you need to do is make your way to Burleigh and let the good times roll.
LOCATION: 2/1718 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: From 7am until 10pm Tuesday to Sunday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.