Osteria Italiana formerly known as Maccaroni Osteria Italiana has rebranded and during this rebrand they have started a small series of Vegan Buffet Nights. Don’t rush into any pre concived notions of a buffet though. There is a reason why Osteria Italiana has a cult vegan following. They make some of the most amazing and authentic Italian food in Melbourne and they are definitely not holding back with this degustation buffet.
It can simply be described as a complete Italian experience, to which you should be expecting to roll home from, because the food just keeps coming.
When you enter you get a strange sense of family from the staff and also the general vibe. You are seated at large share tables where to get to meet some other Italian food fans. Before you can start to think about when the food will be coming out, it’s starts right on time. No delays, no waiting around. Here are the starters, grab your plate and get stuck in.
You can expect a short line to form, but there are two food locations, so our tip is to look around, but you won’t be waiting long regardless. The food is as expected, traditional and delicious. Although the menu changes from event to event, you can expect to find lasagne, vegan calamari, gnocchi and plenty of other Italian classics. A glass of vegan organic wine accompanies your ticket, of which you have the choice of 4 types. You can also swap this out for a non-alcoholic beverage.
All in all, this is a great experience for a cheap ticket price. Plenty of great vegan food, with the options for low fodmap and gluten free as well. These special vegan buffet events sell out quickly and are limited, so make sure you grab your tickets now for the next dinner.
Please ensure you notify Osteria Italiana of your dietary preference ahead of time.
Where: Osteria Italiana – 201 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
When: Every fortnight from 6.30pm (check their Facebook for events dates)