Pinelli Estate Winery Restaurant forms part of the Caversham winery of the same name and is a salute to the Italian heritage of the family. The restaurant is a large, airy and well-lit space with an appealing outdoor area on the wide covered veranda along two sides of the dining room. With café blinds to protect from the elements, if necessary, sitting outside brings you close to the vines ringing the restaurant.
The drinks list, naturally enough, highlights the excellent wines coming from the Pinelli portfolio – as well as having a small selection of other wines, and of course beer, cider and spirits.
On a recent lunchtime visit, along with our little granddaughter, we sat inside and from the extensive menu we enjoyed a couple of pasta dishes, fish and chips for the little one and for me, Gamberi Grigliati – garlic prawns served in a chilli tomato sauce with crusty bread – the prawns were perfectly turned out, nicely firm to the bite, and the sauce had a pleasant zesty note – the bread mopped up the juices. Extra chilli on the side boosted the zestiness standard!
Penne Pollo, one of the aforementioned pasta dishes, had plenty of chunky juicy chicken and snappy snow peas in a creamy parmesan sauce.
With the food a glass or two of sparkling, similarly of the delightful Breanna rosé (sold out at the winery door, sadly) and a finishing glass of their Durif– deep purple to red in colour, blackberry and ripe plum aromas with a hint of tobacco leaf; ripe mulberries, dark plums and a little slippery spice to finish on the palate. A very good wine.
We made room for dessert with Emmy looking longingly at a bowl of strawberry ice cream while the Limoncello flute – limoncello ice cream served in a flute (that you get to take home) also hit the spot. As did the Affogato with Frangelico.
Another very good meal at Pinelli -food is excellent, robust flavours, well presented, substantial serves – simply well turned out rustic Italian fare. As always, the waiters are friendly, professional and certainly make you feel at home. And, of course, Pinelli wine complements the food. Get along and try it out soon.