Italian restaurant opens in Ettalong
A new contemporary Italian restaurant has opened in Ettalong.
Trattoria By Vito aims to serve authentic Italian cuisine inside a three-room, 80-seat restaurant at Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort.
Executive chef and owner Vito Sechi said he hoped the white walls with oak trim, sandstone features and terracotta floors would set the tone.
Inspired by a love of the trattorias and ristorantes of Italy, Mr Sechi said he honoured the traditions of classic Italian cuisine and culture, while infusing them with an upscale, urban energy and a focus on sustainable produce.
"I want my love and passion for Italian food to transcend the plate," Mr Sechi said.
"The menu is rustic yet modern, and clean, simple flavours take centre stage," he said.
The Sardinian native claims a fine-dining pedigree from renowned European restaurants.
He recently settled at Ettalong Beach and is striving to introduce the "neo gastronomy" of the Slow Food movement to the Central Coast, a concept that he said recognised strong connections between planet, people and plate.
Mr Sechi said he was creating a local network with artisans, farmers, butchers and fishmongers, selecting not only what is the trend but also promoting "nose to tail" dining, seasonal produce and whole seafood.
"I strive to raise awareness of sustainability through dining practice and reproduce what was once peasants' food into a fine dining experience" he said.
Modern globe light fixtures and cream ceramic tiles serve as a backdrop for an "open exhibition kitchen".
The venue offers an Italian gathering place for guests, with views of Ettalong Markets and a modest al fresco dining balcony in the summer months facing Ocean View Rd.
The restaurant also caters for functions, with a 30-seat private room to host larger groups in silver service style.
The menu reflects seasonal produce and Mr Sechi regularly adjusts the menu according to what is locally available at the market.
"We are looking to provide great food, world-class service and a delightful ambiance."
Media release, 7 Jun 2016
Vito Sechi, Trattoria By Vito