Thinking of a trip to Mornington always brings to mind billowy vanilla slices and hot springs but next time I might just remember the vegetable garden at Montalto Winery (and their wine… and olive oil…). This is also the scene for their Piazza Cafe – lovely, relaxing and rather educational for the two children who remarked after all this “it was actually rather fun”!
If I wasn’t running around with two children trying to further their knowledge of veggie identification and healthy eating (they did surprisingly well), a wine tour wouldn’t have been a bad idea to consider – something like Wine Compass perhaps for a hens or birthday party.
Opting to share and having already made dinner plans, we unfortunately were not so brazen with our food choices, ordering nearly all the available pizzas (save the pipi one), the entree squid and one plate of duck.
We had these dishes between eight people so we really had to count to make sure everyone had a piece of squid! It was rather decently priced at $14. The pizzas were light and fresh – the two kids didn’t care much for the sweet garlic and zucchini and I’d have to agree with them – the other two types did taste nicer. It was good to see they were more interested in the zucchini having seen ample growing in the garden though!
The duck legs and figs were surprisingly cheaper in comparison (for what you get at least) at $26. A tad on the salty side, the combination with the flame grilled figs was lovely and would have been great with a glass of dry white wine. Bang for buck wise, the mains certainly are better priced than their entrees – though we didn’t order it, the lamb shoulder was sizeable enough for us to notice when it came out of the kitchen for other tables and only $30.
All in all, Montalto Piazza Cafe sports a fantastic venue. A relaxing atmosphere and great potential – I think they do need to work on their menu pricing and perhaps, some dishes geared more towards children would be welcome. Until the next visit, I’ll have to think of what to use my new bottle of lemon pressed olive oil for.