Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar
Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar, formerly known as Stefano’s Restaurant, has been a destination for food lovers for more than 20 years.
The restaurant was opened in the original cellars of Mildura’s historic Grand Hotel in 1991 by celebrity cook and microbrewer Stefano de Pieri and his wife Donata Carrazza. It began as a simple affair, with bare wooden tables, a blackboard menu and paper napkins. Stefano would serve rustic Italian food, similar to what he grew up with in the Veneto region of Italy. Diners would peruse the menu, but would often take up Stefano’s suggestion to simply feed them what he had prepared for the day. The style of dining with a set price per person and an element of surprise became synonymous with eating at Stefano’s.
With a new chef at the helm more than two decades later, the restaurant is still grounded in this original idea. Jim has taken the restaurant in a more modern direction, while remaining committed to local produce and creating a unique experience for the diner.
“We are proud to have been able to ensure the continuity of a Mildura icon through Jim, a local person with an unswerving commitment to regionalism. While Jim employs new techniques and pushes the envelope of innovation, he is among a few to properly and fully commit to local ingredients in a thorough and convincing manner, creating a true gastronomy of place.”
- Stefano de Pieri
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