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Breakaway Trails: Griffith

Amanda Whitley

Go west, young woman! You’ll find a veritable cornucopia of food and wine in this Riverina oasis four hours from Canberra.

Ahead of the edible month that is Taste Riverina, we wanted to share a guide to the best food and drink that Griffith has to offer. More than 60 percent of the people in Griffith claim Italian heritage, and the early migrants brought with them their traditions of viticulture and market gardening and their passion for food and wine.

Taste Riverina will include events in Griffith, Temora, Wagga, Cootamundra, Leeton and more from late September until the end of October. For more information about Taste Riverina, read our 10 events you won’t want to miss here.

Day 1

To get the most out of a food and wine weekend in Griffith, we recommend leaving Canberra on Friday morning. As in many country towns, Sunday is a day of rest, so your options are limited.

ZECCA

Zecca's everchanging blackboard menu.

Zecca’s everchanging blackboard menu.

It’s been a long drive, but lunch at Zecca is worth the trip. One of the newest kids on the Griffith block, it occupies the historic ‘Clock’ building, and is serving up some pretty impressive Modern Italian. The seasonal blackboard menu boasts fresh housemade pasta and is big on regional produce.

239 Banna Avenue, Griffith | zeccagriffith.com.au

RIVERINA GROVE

Italian immigrants, The Marangons, started out bottling olives from the trees in their backyard — son Louis has turned it into a booming business, with a range of pickled vegetables, pasta sauces and more. You must
try the Bum Hummers (chilli pickled onions, labelled as “1000 farts in a jar”). Stop by the factory for a tasting and to browse the great selection of Riverina produce, including olive-oil soap, honey, wines, nuts, coffee, biscuits, breads, relishes, cheeses, antipasti and processed meats.

4 Whybrow Street, Griffith | riverinagrove.com.au

SUGARMILL PATISSERIE

Head a few doors up to the newly opened Sugarmill Patisserie to grab some of their incredible pastries and sweet treats (there’s a great range of gluten free!). Eat them now or save them for later!

10 Whybrow Street, Griffith | Find it on Facebook 

CODEMO SMALLGOODS

Some of Codemo Smallgoods range of authentic meats.

Some of Codemo Smallgoods range of authentic meats.

Treat yourself to a salami tasting with the makers at their rustic shopfront — this family business specialises in Northern Italian air-dried fermented salami, prosciutto and capocollo (more commonly known as coppa). You’ll walk out armed with locally-made smallgoods and lots of salami expertise.

Mitchells Lane, Griffith

CALABRIA
 FAMILY WINES

There’s time for one cellar door before relaxing and getting ready for dinner. Head to Calabria Family Wines to try some of Griffith’s best wines. Owner and winemaker, Bill Calabria, is allergic to wine but makes some of the finest drops you’ll taste in the Riverina — from buttery chardonnay to spicy shiraz and a botrytis semillon you’ll want to take home.

1283 Brayne Road, Griffith | calabriawines.com.au

LA SCALA

The most enduring restaurant in town is La Scala, a subterranean pizzeria and ristorante that hasn’t seen new decor since it opened over 30 years ago. It’s unapologetically kitsch — from the murals of the old country
on the wall to the practical-not-pretty furniture — and the food is out of this world. The traditional Italian menu epitomises the generosity of the culture — you’ll leave here full and happy.

455 Banna Avenue, Griffith | Find it on Facebook

Day 2

THE ROASTERY

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The Roastery boasts house-roasted coffee and great food.

A hip café with house-roasted Peddling Beans coffee, The Roastery does a brisk early morning trade. Fill up on fluffy pancakes, avocado toast or an Eggs Benny burger while you take in the eclectic décor and retro paraphernalia.

232 Banna Avenue, Griffith | the-roastery.com.au

BANNA AVENUE

This activity isn’t purely foodcentric, although you will cruise past an amazing array of cafés and restaurants. Griffith’s main street is one long, tree-lined strip of boutique shopping — this is no ordinary country town. Pop into Hip Digs for covetable homewares, Buzzi ‘n Moo for beautiful kids wear (mini Camilla kaftan, anyone?) or any of the stylish clothing boutiques.

Banna Avenue, Griffith | visitgriffith.com.au

LA PICCOLA GROSSERIA & ITALIAN DELI

La Piccola is like stepping back in time.

La Piccola is like stepping back into a little Italian groceria.

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian food experience this is it. A small family-owned traditional grosseria and deli, you’ll find a range of fully imported Italian products as well as delicious housemade savoury and sweet dishes. Grab some bread, marinated peppers, olives and antipasti for lunch to enjoy in the shade of the trees of the town’s Memorial Park.

444a Banna Avenue, Griffith | Find them on Facebook

CATANIA FRUIT SALAD FARM

A fantastic way to learn about Griffith’s horticultural industry, Catania Fruit Salad Farm’s tours are held Monday to Saturday at 1.30pm and are just $10pp. Tour the groves of blood oranges, prunes and grapes and learn about the 100 years of farming history at Farm 43. You’ll love the homemade produce, including preserves, sugarplums (prunes), wines and nuts.

Farm 43 Cox Road, Hanwood | cataniafruitsaladfarm.com.au

Day 3

BERTOLDO’S PASTICCERIA

Bertoldo's amazing range of breads.

Bertoldo’s amazing range of breads.

You cannot visit Griffith without eating at Bertoldo’s Pasticceria. They do amazing breads, pastries (the cannoli!), homemade gelato and French nougat … but for breakfast you must have their Egg and Bacon Roll. Now, this is no fancy-schmancy roll — it comes wrapped in foil — but it is absolutely delicious.

324 Banna Ave, Griffith | bertoldos.com

DE BORTOLI WINES

It’s time to head home, but not before you stop at the De Bortoli Wines cellar door in Bilbul to sample the acclaimed ‘sticky’ Noble One. First created by Darren De Bortoli in 1982, the wine has gone on to be one of the most awarded wines in history and maintains its position
as Australia’s benchmark dessert wine ever since. Be sure to take some home. ◊

De Bortoli Road, Bilbul | debortoli.com.au

MCWILLIAM’S HANWOOD ESTATE

McWilliam’s Wines Hanwood Estate cellar door is an instantly recognisable symbol of the Riverina wine region. Shaped like a wine barrel and built to exact scale, complete with staves and hoops, it’s a must visit. Buy a bottle of your favourite drop, pull up a picnic blanket on the sprawling lawns and soak up the landscape.

Jack McWilliam Road, Hanwood | mcwilliams.com.au

LIMONE DINING

Limone's Modern Italian.

Limone’s Modern Italian.

Limone Dining has been receiving rave reviews since it opened in January, and for good reason. A standalone building constructed from recycled materials collected over a 30-year period is a stunning setting for Luke Piccolo’s elegant, flavourful dishes. Expect a locally-sourced and seasonal menu delivered with heart.

482 Banna Avenue, Griffith | limone.com.au

This article originally appeared as part of our Breakaway Trails article in our Magazine: Break The Mould for Autumn 2016. Find out more about Magazine here

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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