Hailing from Cesena in Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Andrea and Simona Riva, owners of the newly-opened Osteria Del Mare, come from a region of Italy that produces the best parmesan, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto in the world.
They cook fine Northern Italian food in their restaurant overlooking Burleigh’s foreshore, food that is lighter than that of the south using more tomato and garlic, herbs, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon instead of cream.
“We are so close to the ocean,” Andrea says. “It’s easy to eat seafood here. Come in and try some carpaccio or fritto misto for a light meal with a glass of wine or an apperitovo.”
An expert with seafood, Chef Andrea’s Fritto Misto di Pesce is soft sweet seafood, lightly floured and flash fried flowing out of a paper horn across the plate, seasoned with the finest salt imported from Trapani in Sicily that tingles on the tongue.
“For me, if you use good products, it’s hard to make a mistake,” he tells us.
Chef Andrea’s versatile classic summer Marinara sauce carries the flavours of Italy. It is always made with fresh seafood and lots of love, the secret of all good cooking!
Osteria del Mare, 1718 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads Ph: 07 5576 6169
NOTE: Published in The Sun community newspaper on 30 January, 2019.