Dine at Little Aosta this autumn, then head out and discover Arrowtown and additional afield. Photograph / Queenstown NZ
The group behind Arrowtown’s Aosta has a brand new child within the works – Little Aosta. Serving up contemporary Italian fare and relaxed, pleasant vibes, it’s proper subsequent to its older sibling. Right here, cook Ben Bayly, Steve Sepsy, Giulio Barducci, and the entrance of home Vanessa Cagnola advocate Arrowtown’s finest eats and autumn actions.
Why ought guests come to Little Aosta?
Ben: Little Aosta is straightforward, approachable, reasonably priced and scrumptious Italian delicacies with wine accessible by the carafe – our wines are for consumption not considering! Little Aosta is designed to be the place you need to go for a household meal or takeaway; it is like Nonna’s cooking, utilizing virtually completely native merchandise and produce.
The menu is split into antipasti, sourdough wood-fired pizzetta, woodfired meatballs and salsicce (sausage), hand-crafted family-sized pasta that serves 2-4, second (mains) that serves 2-4, and dolci (dessert). We’re open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 pm, and throughout the winter season, the restaurant can be open from 3 pm for apres-ski drinks and snacks outdoors by the open fireplace.
In addition to Little Aosta and Aosta, the place is a few of your favorite locations to eat and drink in Arrowtown?
Ben: I really like brekkie and low on the Chop Store – their nasi goreng with a fried egg on prime is super-naughty however so good, and later within the day, I take pleasure in a pint of craft beer at The Fork and Faucet.
Giulio: I prefer to go to The Dishery, particularly for his or her Bloody Mary.
Vanessa: For a pleasant beer or fast chew, I head to Sluggish Cuts.
How about in Queenstown or additional afield in Central Otago?
Ben: I really like The Sherwood, it is such an unusual place to remain. It is hipster and nonchalant and the meals are excellent. Additionally, Amisfield Restaurant & Cellar Door as a result I really like how chef Vaughan Mabee takes elements to the utmost. And at last, Gibbston Valley Vineyard because it’s historic with nice meals and wine, particularly the chardonnay.
Giulio: I do take pleasure in a pleasant and simple steak and beer at Atlas on the town. I am additionally an enormous fan of Kappa and their conventional Japanese delicacies and sakes.
Vanessa: My favorite spot for breakfast or lunch is The Boatshed, and it has the most effective espresso. For an elaborate dinner, I really like going to Jervois Steakhouse and the cocktails there are wonderful. For an extra informal meal, there’s nothing higher than Yonder.
Steve: I really like a bit of escape over the hill to Wānaka, and Kika has been certainly one of my favorites there for years.
When you could have a day without work, what’s your favorite exercise?
Ben: In the summertime, I really like mountain climbing in Arrowtown. Sawpit Gully observe is a favorite, you generally are a couple of minutes out of Arrowtown and it feels as if you’re in the course of nowhere, with nice views of the Whakatipu Basin.
During the winter, we cook have been recognized to leap within the automobile and have a fast skiing in the afternoon earlier than dinner service.
Giulio: I am a wine lover, so I prefer to go to wine tastings in any respect to the totally different wineries around Cromwell.
Vanessa: I really like taking my outdated flatmate’s canine (I dog-sit him a minimum of as soon as every week) for lengthy walks around Lake Hayes and Shotover. He’s the proper companion, particularly as a result he would not disturb me while I’m listening to my favorite podcast.
Steve: Hotter days are for swimming within the Arrow River or fruit choosing in Roxburgh. Relating to winter there is just one factor I need to do: chase that snow.
What’s your favorite off-the-beaten-track spot within the area, and why ought to guests test it out?
Ben: Macetown is a deserted gold mining city half-hour by four-wheel-drive or a number of hours’ stroll up the Arrowtown river. It is wonderful to see the unique buildings from the late 1800s. There is not any different place to prefer it in New Zealand. There are additionally wild hops rising up there which individuals (together with our group) go up and harvest to make homebrew beer – the identical hops the gold miners planted again within the day.
Vanessa: I really like the mountain climbing tracks around Bob’s Cove. The surroundings are wonderful irrespective of the climate and it is good for some solitude.
Steve: Moke Lake is barely 45 minutes from Arrowtown with an awesome DoC campsite, and exquisite lake walks. I hear the fishing goes to be wonderful in 2023 from the rainbow trout launch program, and I can not wait to place one or two on the barbecue.
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