Italian in Kyneton

La Bontà

Slotting in nicely along epicurean Piper St is this contemporary Italian restaurant serving inventive dishes with authentic flavours. Expect to be wowed by the likes of risotto asticino (Moreton Bay bug poached in t…
Spanish in Bendigo

El Gordo

Hidden down a city laneway is this Spanish cafe doing authentic tapas such as patatas bravas as well as soft-shell crab bocadillos (baguette) with jalapenos and aioli. There's also a good menu of raciones and Wester…
Italian in Ballarat


A mainstay on Ballarat’s cafe scene for over 30 years is this old-school European-style cafe that doubles as a cool record shop – choose from their fine taste of indie, jazz, blues and world vinyl while you wait for…
Osteria in Around Castlemaine


Set over 18 acres is this cellar door that offers tastings of its French-style wines and ciders. It's most popular, however, for its al-fresco provincial-style lunches, featuring its signature wood-fire grilled chic…
Mediterranean in Bendigo

GPO Bar & Grill

Rated highly by locals, the food and atmosphere here is superb. Its porterhouse brioche rolls and Moroccan pulled-lamb pizzas are terrific lunch orders. The bar is a chilled place for a drink with an impressive wine…
Italian in Ballarat

Forge Pizzeria

Ballarat's go-to place for authentic wood-fired pizzas is this smart-casual brick-walled eatery; it's also great for wine and fine charcuterie boards of Italian cured meats.