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Coasting : Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
central coast tourism Summer 2010 COASTAL LIFE 21 out Dining Dining Q&A: Stefano Manfredi, chef at Bells at Killcare and Pretty Beach House Q: Serious foodies will recognise your name. Where did you work before joining the team at Bells at Killcare? A: I began back in 1983 with a small restaurant called The Restaurant which became Restaurant Manfredi. Then in 1996 we opened Bel Mondo in the Rocks. There were other restaurants but those are the signature ones. Q: Yo u must be very gratified to have made such an immediate impact at Bells? A: Ye s, in the first year of operation Bells received a ‘hat’ in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and we were awarded Best New Restaurant as well as Best Italian Restaurant in the Central Coast Restaurant and Catering Association Awards. And we were recently named Restaurant of the Ye ar at this year’s awards. But my greatest gratification has been the way that diners have enjoyed the restaurant and beautiful gardens within the property. Also it is a great satisfaction working with Brian and Karina Barry as well as Julie Manfredi-Hughes and all the staff to create such a wonderful experience. Q: What style of food can guests expect there? A: Simple, unfussy, classic Italian dishes, many from my family’s repertoire, with constant experimentation and refinement to evolve a cuisine suited to a country coastal setting. Much of the produce is grown in the estate’s vegetable gardens and, as much as we can, we source materials locally. Q: Can you nominate a couple of your favourite dishes to whet our appetites? A: Seafood and barley stew; whole grilled baby rabbit with spring herbs and grilled artichoke hearts; Cime di rapa and ricotta gnocchi; and Ta rtufo di Amedei chocolate. Q: How important is local produce to your menu? A: Local produce is the backbone of our menu at Bells with much coming out of the garden. We have many old varieties of Italian vegetables, which are not procurable unless you grow them yourself. Eggs come from our own hens, lobsters from Macmasters Beach, mulloway is fished off Patonga, and salumi are made by Sydney butcher Pino To mini-Forresti, and so on. We try to source produce as close to Bells as possible Q: What meal are you most likely to make for yourself after a long night at work? A: I like fruit and cheese to finish a night off such as pecorino with firm but tasty Comice pear, some walnuts in the shell and a glass of good red such as La Mozza Aragone or Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Q: Any tips for fi rst-time diners at Bells at Killcare? A: Don’t be afraid to ask questions about our menu. Be adventurous with the wine list and ask to have a look at our grappa trolley after lunch or dinner. After all, you can get a room and stay the night if you like. Picture by Nic Wa lker. Five reasons why we love summer at Bells at Killcare 1. Chef Stefano Manfredi’s Summer Menu (One Hat SMH 2010) 2. Warmer weather provides the perfect excuse to relax & enjoy a wine on the veranda 3. Stefano’s vegetable garden really comes into its own 4. We announce our seasonal events program for 2010 5. We get to show off our new pool and day spa SUBSCRIBE TO OUR SUMMER NEWSLETTER - WWW.BELLSAT KILLCARE.COM.AU The Palms at Av oca, a sub tropical paradise, only 5 minutes drive to beautiful AVOCA BEACH, but away from from the crowds. Our accommodation includes poolside and garden Cabanas and Cedar Villas that are modern and roomy, designed for easy family holiday living. Relax by the pool or in the spa while the children are swimming in the pool or being entertained in the playground. In the evening, enjoy the barbeque dinners on your private sundeck. THE PALMS AT AVOCA • Modern fully self-contained cabins (some with spa) • Air conditioning, ceiling fans • Brand new 42”/32” LCD TV’S & DVD • Tr opical Garden setting • Childrens Playground • B BQ area (coin operated) • Tw o large pools & toddler pool • Heated outdoor spa • Games room • Private sun deck-outdoor furniture • Guest laundry (coin operated) ROOM TYPE RATES STARTING Villa 4 berth............................................................$95 Villa 6 berth......................................................... $105 Cabana 6 berth.................................................. $125 BOOK ONLINE NOW! Carolina Park Road, Avoca Beach NSW 2251. T 4382 1227 F: 4382 2644 E firstname.lastname@example.org .au W www.palmsavoca.com .au c86533 38-17Dec
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